October 17, 2018

Caterpillar invasion: Grubs strip ash trees in Telford

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A stretch of trees in Telford have been completely stripped of foliage after millions of caterpillars made them their home. A number of tests are now being carried out on the ash trees on Sutton Way in Sutton Hill after the mountain of caterpillars totally stripped them of leaves. However, experts say the outbreak has nothing to do with the recent outbreak of ash dieback. Telford & Wrekin Council’s parks and open spaces team is still in the process of trying to identify the species of caterpillar and is consulting both the Forestry Commission and Defra’s Plant Health department. Matthew Seabrook, trees and woodlands…

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Confor welcomes FSC change of mind on squirrel control

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In an unprecedented change of mind, FSC International has listened to widespread opposition and agreed to revisit its recent decision to refuse to extend a derogation on the use of Warfarin for the control of grey squirrels in the UK. Less than three weeks ago FSC International’s Pesticide committee took the surprise decision not to extend the derogation for using Warfarin, despite pressure from Confor, the Woodland Trust, Small Woods Association and the European Squirrel Initiative, all of whom insisted that warfarin should be retained in the fight to protect red squirrels and limit the spread of grey squirrels ….

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Seventy trees targeted in vandal and theft attack

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Seventy trees were destroyed, damaged or stolen in a vandal attack in Walsall it has emerged. The trees were targeted at Aldridge Airport over the weekend and included some which had been planted by school children. Yobs destroyed 20 street trees and then damaged or stole around 50 others put in by volunteers in a community orchard. The majority of which were stolen. Officers from Walsall Council’s clean and green services have launched a clean up after the attack, which comes after a memorial tree to nine year-old Jamie Cartwright was vandalised. He died from an infection caused by dust…

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Guide to trees in hard landscapes now out for consultation

The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) has released a consultation draft of its forthcoming guide ‘Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery’. Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery should be of particular interest to highway engineers, public realm professionals and tree specialists. It explores the practical challenges and solutions to integrating trees in 21st century streets, civic spaces and surface car parks, detailing process, design and technical options. For producing the guide, TDAG joined forces with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), the Institution of Civil Engineers…

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A rare Handkerchief tree has blossomed in Leeds

Some years ago The Times used to print a notice every year announcing that a particular tree in Kew Gardens was in flower. Londoners, in enormous numbers, took the tube to Kew each May to see the famous handkerchief tree covered in enormous white flowers, each nearly a foot in diameter – which do indeed look like white handkerchiefs hanging from the branches. With an alternative image in mind, it has also been called the dove tree. When the flowers are disturbed by a light breeze, they give the impression of a flock of white birds gently fluttering their wings. Over recent…

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Many species ‘doomed’ because of ash dieback, ecologists say

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Forty-five species could become extinct, with a further 955 under threat, because of the irreversible tree disease known as ash dieback, leading ecologists have said. Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Dr Ruth Mitchell said, “It really will matter if we start to lose one of our dominant tree species. “It will have knock-on implications for the specific lichens, mosses and birds who use ash trees for nesting. We didn’t know there were so many species who used the trees. There are 45 species who use only ash trees, and a further 62 who predominately use them.” She added, “That’s more than…

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New Welsh woodland to mark First World War centenary

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Wales’ First World War heroes will be remembered with a “living memorial” of new native woodland as part of a £1.2m project. The Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) has today unveiled plans to create a First World War Centenary Wood in Carmarthenshire. The woods – one of four being created in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland – will be formed by volunteers planting trees. They are expected to span more than 1,000 acres collectively. Thousands of free trees will also be available to schools and community groups to plant, the charity said. The trust said the trees would “transform the…

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Open letter from Majestic Trees

Dear Professor Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer & Julie Hitchcock, Deputy Director, Plant Health Policy Over the past two years UK growers have had many new import restrictions imposed on them. As more pest and disease threats arrive in Europe, more restrictions are brought in that further puts the viability and future of the UK nursery stock industry in doubt.  From the grower perspective it has seemed sometimes that the restrictions have been imposed with little care or understanding of the cost to the nurseryman’s livelihood.  Many nursery businesses have lost significant sums of money through these processes and…

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A ray of light for ancient woodland in Northern Ireland

Thanks to a £1.9 million boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Woodland Trust has embarked upon a UK-wide project which could see the restoration of up to 52,000 hectares (200 square miles) of damaged ancient woodland. Ancient woodland – which links back to the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago – is scarce and irreplaceable, and supports a complex web of species, some rare and vulnerable. In the 20th century, many of our precious ancient woods were felled and replanted with non-native conifers in the post-war drive for timber self-sufficiency.Now up and running, the Woodland Trust project will see…

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Award remembers a remarkable forester

A remarkable forester who managed the Froyle Estate woodlands in Hampshire for nearly 60 years until his death aged 88 has been honoured by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS). Walter Start, who lived in Lower Froyle, Alton, had also been involved in the management of forestry at Herriard Park and Rotherfield Park, and had served on numerous national and regional forestry committees, winning awards for his work both on the Froyle Estate and at Rotherfield Park. The RFS Long Service Award had been approved before Walter’s death and was awarded posthumously to his family by RFS Southern Divisional immediate past…

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