August 17, 2018

Tree damage runs into the millions

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Over £25million worth of damage has been caused to new homes by trees over the last six years, according to figures released by NHBC. The UK’s leading warranty provider and standard setting body for new build homes is so concerned by the scale of the claims that it has today issued guidance to home owners advising them of the best practice when planting trees close to their homes. The figures show that over £25million of claims were made by owners of new homes for damage to their property caused by trees between 2008 and 2013. Last year alone, NHBC paid…

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Museum launches tree identification app

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A free app for iPhone created by the Natural History Museum, using technology similar to facial recognition software, enables users to take a simple photo of a leaf and have it matched to a database of 156 tree species. Its launch coincides with the UN’s International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, created to promote understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues worldwide. As well as instant species identification, the app also contains more than 2,000 high-res images of tree features, such as flowers, fruit, bark and leaves. Fact files are also available, including information on whether the tree is native or…

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A259 trees are axed amid railway safety concern

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The tangled pile of trees below is all that remains of a green curtain running along the railway line on the Rustington/Angmering boundary. The sorry-looking stack of timber stands beside the A259 on land being prepared for a development including a showroom and workshops for BMW and Mini dealer Chandlers, and two blocks of shops. However, developer Store Property Investments was not responsible for clearing the trees from the site’s southern boundary – they were removed at the request of Network Rail. “We were contacted by Network Rail at the end of September after they identified a lot of the…

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Doctor fined for poisoning trees in Stone

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A doctor who killed trees by poisoning them at his property in Stone has been ordered to pay more than £4,000. Dr Stephen Hearing destroyed a lime and copper beech tree and damaged another copper beech tree in Westover Drive. At the time, in June 2011, all three were protected by preservation orders. Hearing, 47, now of Station Road, Derby, admitted charges under the Town and Country Planning Act. Stafford magistrates made him pay a £3,400 fine, £595 costs and a £120 victim surcharge. He was caught after a tree surgeon was called to do some work at the property…

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Tree marks connection with Barking and Dagenham’s German counterparts

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How many mayors does it take to plant a tree? Just two – one from England, the other from Germany. In a special ceremony that marked 35 years of Barking and Dagenham’s successful twinning with Witten, in north west Germany, mayor Sonja Leidemann and borough mayor Cllr Hardial Singh Rai shared a shovel to plant a Purple European Beech tree. The significant sapling was put to soil near the war memorial at Barking Park, owing to the Second World War connection that saw the two areas officially twinned in 1979. Back in 1948, members of community church organisation Kingsley Hall,…

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The City of London Oak Processionary Moth Garden

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One of the Fresh gardens at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year was the City of London Oak Processionary Moth Garden, designed by Society of Garden Designers member Helen Elks-Smith and built by Wycliffe Landscapes. This garden aims to raise awareness of OPM, and the distress it can cause humans as well as the environment – particularly the oak trees that the caterpillars call their home. In this garden, a stand of oak trees is shrouded by bespoke textiles. The oak trees are shrouded in fabric to symbolise disease and death. The whole design was a play on…

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Scotland’s timber industry warns of forest slump

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Scotland’s forestry and timber industry has said not enough trees are being planted now to meet expected demand for wood in 50 to 100 years time. Industry body Confor said trees for commercial use could take up to 40 years to grow but that there had been a fall in planting since 1990. Public agency Forestry Commission Scotland said there were good levels of supply for the next 20 years. It said it would need to work with the private sector to meet later demand. Confor said Forestry Commission Scotland’s 50-year and 100-year timber supply forecasts showed a shortage of…

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Over £70,000 of equipment stolen from Cranfield tree surgeon

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MORE than £70,000 worth of equipment has been stolen from a tree surgeon in Cranfield. Items taken from Trim A Tree off College Road include 20 chainsaws, two wood chippers and a stump grinder, which would have meant that the burglars needed a van to take the gear away. The burglary has meant that Ray Brown, owner of the tree surgeon’s and landscaping company, has lost between £4,000 and £5,000 worth of business due to jobs he had to cancel. Bedfordshire Police confirmed that a burglary took place between 10pm and 5.30am overnight between Monday and yesterday, and received a…

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People power plants seeds for forest regeneration

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A major new plan to restore Scotland’s ancient woodlands has been unveiled after a landmark community buyout of “surplus” forest in the Highlands was agreed. The regeneration project got the go-ahead after Forestry Commission Scotland agreed to sell 1,086 hectares of woods in Lochaber to the Achnacarry, Bunarkaig and Clunes (ABC) Group, in partnership with conservation charity Trees for Life. The deal is being done under the National Forest Land Scheme, which allows communities, non-governmental organisations and housing bodies to acquire state-owned woodlands declared surplus. It is believed to be the first time a conservation charity has teamed up with a…

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Trees donated to schools and community groups across Surrey

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MORE than 7,000 trees have been given away in Surrey, with more saplings up for grabs in the autumn. The Woodland Trust has just sent out 81 free tree packs to the Surrey area, totalling 7,920 individual trees. The trees, made available to community groups and schools for planting this spring, were offered with the aim of making schools, neighbourhoods and communities greener. Anyone who missed out this time can still apply for packs up until September 4, to be delivered in November. Community groups such as gardening clubs, Brownies, Scouts and many more applied for either a small (30…

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