October 16, 2018

Planning panel says row of protected trees can be felled

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A row of lime trees protected by preservation orders can be felled, a planning panel has ruled. The 70-year-old trees are in the grounds of Britannia Care Home, in Girlington, Bradford, which had previously been given permission to extend. Bradford Area Planning Panel heard there had been some confusion about whether the care home already had permission to fell the trees, as part of the previous permission, and that one of them had already been chopped down. The panel visited the street before voting on whether to lift the Council’s tree preservation orders. Members were split down the middle –…

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Anger as protected trees prepare to get the chop

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Trees protected by a preservation order are set to be pulled down after one resident complained about them. Planning bosses have decided that two trees on Bracken Close, which have been there for more than 50 years, will be removed. Ann-Marie Turner claims that the trees are causing a problem to her house. But other Bracken Close residents are furious at the decision as the trees have preservation orders on them. Coun Mark Perks, who is also a resident on Bracken Close, said: “Two out of the three are set to be pulled down. “I seriously cannot believe it didn’t…

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GreenMech to launch new Arborist and ArbTrak 190 range at Saltex 2014

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New, New, New is GreenMech’s motto at Saltex this year – a move to a new stand position as well as the launch of two new products.  Conveniently situated near to the central catering area is stand A18 where visitors will find the new Arborist & ArbTrak 190 chippers. With all the features of its much admired Arborist 150 sister, the Arborist 190 has been designed to offer even greater productivity – featuring a 190mm chipping capacity. It has a generous 970mm x 790mm infeed hopper, which aids bushy brash reduction and is coupled with a 190mm x 280mm letterbox-style…

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Amazon rainforest grew after climate change 2,000 years ago

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Swathes of the Amazon may have been grassland until a natural shift to a wetter climate about 2,000 years ago let the rainforests form, according to a study that challenges common belief that the world’s biggest tropical forest is far older. The arrival of European diseases after Columbus crossed the Atlantic in 1492 may also have hastened the growth of forests by killing indigenous people farming the region, the scientists wrote in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). “The dominant ecosystem was more like a savannah than the rainforest we see today,” John Carson, lead author at…

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Community tree planting event at St Bartholomew’s School

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ST Bartholomew’s First School in Crewkerne threw open its doors to a number of valued members of the community for a tree planting day last week. The school welcomed dozens of visitors to the event on Friday, which was formally opened by town crier David Craner. The event was organised by the Friends of the School Association following a donation of some fruit trees from the Woodland Trust. Local community groups, vicars, vets, teachers, carers and even Father Christmas attended with shovels and spades to plant the trees which will bare fruit for the pupils to eat. The plants will…

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Exotic trees in Hounslow produce fruit for first time in 14 years

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Exotic trees in the garden of a Hounslow home have borne fruit for the first time in 14 years. Lata Sabharwal planted two loquat trees in the backyard of her house in Beavers Lane, Hounslow West, in 2000, in memory of her in-laws, who had both died earlier that year. The small orange fruits are abundant in Nairobi, Kenya, where the 73-year-old former teacher grew up, but she said this was the first time she had seen them growing in the UK. “They were everywhere in Kenya and you see them in Spain, Greece, India and Pakistan but I’ve never…

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Landowners encouraged to grow more trees

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Landowners and farmers are being invited to find out how sporting opportunities can be enhanced, flood risk reduced and crop pollination increased by planting trees on their land. Advisors from the Woodland Trust are set to demonstrate how well-sited woodland creation can provide habitats and shelter for a number of wildlife and livestock species at this year’s CLA Game Show. They’re asking landowners and farmers to visit their stand (number B0178) at this year’s event that’s taking place at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire from the July 18 to 20. Here they will also discuss the wider benefits offered by tree planting, and…

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Civic Trees plants trees for Mayor’s RE:LEAF scheme

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Civic Trees, part of national green services company Glendale, has completed the planting of over 350 trees for the RE:LEAF scheme, led by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Specialists from Civic Trees used the latest handling, planting and maintenance techniques to install the trees across the streets, parks and residential areas of the London Borough of Southwark. Its specialist tree-planters were responsible for preparing the ground before planting and securing the trees in their final locations. They will also undertake ongoing maintenance. The RE:LEAF initiative aims to encourage the planting of more trees across London, while also protecting the…

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Is a Powys village home to Europe’s oldest tree?

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A Powys village is believed to be home to Europe’s oldest tree. Experts say the ancient yew tree in the village of Defynnog, near Sennybridge, could be more than 5,000 years old. They’ve been running DNA and ring dating tests on the 60-foot wide tree in the churchyard of St Cynog’s in the village. I’m convinced this is the oldest tree in Europe. It was planted on the north side of the ancient burial mound which is now the churchyard, probably in honour of a neolithic chieftain. It is so old that it has split into two halves, one 40-feet…

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