April 19, 2018

Sherborne’s “phantom tree planter” strikes again

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Sherborne’s phantom tree planter has struck again. In June 2013 three trees suddenly appeared on the open space area at Granville Way. After some deliberation Sherborne Town Council decided that the trees added to the landscape and they were allowed to remain. Now three more have appeared at the same site. The strange occurrence was raised at the latest meeting of Sherborne Town Council during the Mayor’s Announcements. Mayor Jon Andrews said: “It seems that the phantom tree planter of Sherborne has struck again. “Once again we do not know who has provided these trees. We have taken a look…

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Village society opposes decision to remove trees from historic Saltaire street

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Saltaire Village Society is opposing Bradford Council’s decision to remove all trees from historic Victoria Road as part of £700,000 plans to make the area more pedestrian-friendly. The plan to axe the mature chestnuts, beeches, maples and rowans was confirmed after a public consultation which gave three options: removing all trees and restoring the pavements to a high standard; removing all trees and replacing them with more appropriate species, where underground works allow, and leaving and managing the trees and pavements as they are. Option One received the most support – with 40 per cent of people who responded, or 79…

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VIDEO: Lightning-struck tree is felled at Shropshire cricket club

It has stood proud for 150 years, but took only a few seconds to come crashing to earth. A 125 foot tall lime tree was felled at Worfield Cricket Club after it was badly damaged following a lightning strike. The protected lime tree was stuck by a bolt of lightning during a thunderstorm last weekend, which left it badly damaged with two splits in its trunk. Experts came out to Worfield Cricket Club, near Bridgnorth, to assess the damage because the landmark tree has a preservation order on it. A 30-metre boundary was placed around the tree, which sat near…

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Morningside residents’ anger over felled trees

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Morningside residents are up in arms over claims developers broke their promise to spare protected trees – some of them over a century old – from the chainsaw. An 81 -home development in a conservation area at Pitsligo Road was granted planning permission in 2011, including authorisation to cut down 31 trees that were in poor condition, blocked access to the site, or stood where buildings were set to be constructed. However, Queensberry Properties and Telereal Trillium have since applied for amendments to their original application granting them permission to fell more trees, which residents say are healthy and could be…

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Thirsk residents angry over removal of trees

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A North Yorkshire MP has petitioned Parliament over the removal of trees from Thirsk Market Place. Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk,Malton and Filey, presented the petition, which had been signed by Thirsk residents, angry at the removal of birch trees from the Market Place. She said: “I have been contacted by many constituents who have been angry and disappointed that the trees were removed so suddenly from the Market Place and without any consultation. “I hope that this petition will go some way in encouraging Hambleton District Council to think again and take note of the concerns of Thirsk residents. Feelings…

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Thetford beauty spot gets six new London Plane trees

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One of Thetford’s most scenic spots has been added to further after a conservation group extended an avenue of London Plane trees. Six more London Plane trees have been purchased and planted by the Thetford Society on the avenue near the Nun’s Bridges Road. The trees were planted on the stretch between the Gentle Bridge and British Trust for Ornithology after a bequest from former Society member, Evelyn Flint. They join London Planes which were planted last year. The trees were again supplied by Barcham Trees, in Ely, and society members Phil Waring and Stuart Wilson were advised and assisted…

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Trees must feature in long-term local flood defence strategies

The Government needs to focus on long-term investment to mitigate the risk of future flooding, as well as allocating funding for just short-term defence strategies, according to the Woodland Trust. The Government needs to focus on long-term investment to mitigate the risk of future flooding, as well as allocating funding for just short-term defence strategies. Today the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee released a statement calling for the Government to take action now to prevent the repeat of the devastation caused by winter floods. The Chair of the EFRA Committee, Miss Anne McIntosh has not only asked for…

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Injections could protect oak trees from processionary moth

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A potential new solution for the control of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) is said to be showing promising results. Trials using a pioneering technique of micro-injection with known infestations ‘could offer an effective future option to manage spreading pest populations and in minimising its extreme threat to human health’ says Syngenta TreeCare. This season’s widespread spraying of parks, streets and private gardens is currently under way, using a combination of indiscriminate broad-spectrum insecticide or biological controls. However, successive years of repeated treatment – along with tree felling and manual nest removal – have failed to prevent the continued spread of…

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Timothy Tolliss Scoops RFS Award

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Timothy Tolliss MICFor CEnv has been honoured with an award from the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) in recognition of his contribution to improving and maintaining some of the country’s best woodlands. Timothy, former Secretary and Chair of the ICF North England regional committee, received the award following 30 years of service in the forestry industry. He is currently Working Forest Manager at the Duncombe Park Estate, in Helmsley, Yorkshire. Timothy explained his work there: “At Duncombe Park I have overseen the transition of estate woodlands from one that was fundamentally timber producing to an UKWAS Certified forest that supports the…

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Breeders Could Adapt Trees to Climate Change

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Trees may be more adept at adapting to climate change than once thought. Scientists have discovered a gene that controls the awakening of trees from winter dormancy, which is a critical factor in their ability to adjust to environmental changes associated with climate change. The timings of annual cycles-when trees open their leaves, produce flowers, or go dormant-help trees adapt to environmental signals associated with climate. Yet genetics have to keep up as a climate changes. That’s why the researchers decided to trace what is known as the bud-break gene, also known was EBB1. The scientists developed modified trees that overproduced EBB1 genes and emerged from…

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