December 12, 2018

Destructive plans to chop down trees on Hampstead Heath announced

Hampstead Heath

Conservationists have reacted with fury after plans to chop down more than 150 trees on Hampstead Heath were revealed. A Heath “stakeholders” group was this week told that 162 healthy specimens will be felled as part of the City of London Corporation’s much-criticised dam building project. The news has prompted claims that some of the Heath’s “most precious” areas will be devastated by the “destructive scheme”. These include the Stock Pond, which will lose 26 trees, and the Catchpit area, where 71 are set to go. Campaigner David Lewis said: “Two of the Heath’s most precious locations, the Stock Pond…

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Pro Arb: Exciting new magazine launches into the UK arboriculture market

Pro Arb

After months of research conducted with arborists, consultants, local authorities, tree organisations and the people who look after the UK’s trees, Eljays44 Ltd will be launching Pro Arb magazine. We have built up a fresh circulation and lots of fantastic data which we can use to create the best magazine on the market. The magazine will be printed and available online at, which will also be updated regularly with news, views and videos. The website has gone live, and the magazine will launch in the autumn of 2014. Pro Arb will be an editorial led, content driven business to…

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Rare trees planted to honour man who discovered them

Rare Trees

The widow of the man who found Wales’ rarest trees has been given 20 saplings to plant near his burial place. Peter Charlesworth identified the Ley’s Whitebeam at a forest near Merthyr Tydfil in the 1950s, the only place it grows wild anywhere in the world. The National Botanic Garden gave his widow Eirlys samples from conservation stocks which have now been planted in the Usk Valley, Monmouthshire. Experts will be given reports on how the trees fare in the new locations. The Ley’s Whitebeam (Sorbus leyana) is a hedgerow plant with white flowers and red berries which experts say…

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Andover Trees United has received wider recognition

Andover Trees United

ANDOVER’S community woodland came under the spotlight of the South Today team at Portway Junior School last week. The team spoke to teacher and Andover Trees United founder Wendy Davis about her dream to have a community woodland and to find out more about the project. The community woodland is called Harmony Woods, which is in Enham Alamein. All the trees in Harmony Woods have been planted by pupils at Portway, as well as lots of other schools and residents in Andover. Mrs Davis and several other pupils from the school took the team to the woodland where presenter Caroline Richardson…

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A First World War Wood for Northern Ireland


Plans for a Centenary Wood for Northern Ireland have been unveiled by the Woodland Trust, with a helping hand from HRH The Princess Royal during a two-day visit to the Province. With The Princess Royal as Patron, the Trust’s Centenary Woods project will see four flagship woods created throughout the UK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Land in the heart of the beautiful Faughan Valley in County Londonderry will be Northern Ireland’s jewel in the crown. The 53-acre site – currently grassland with one pocket of precious ancient woodland – stretches alongside the River Faughan,…

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Spraying starts in Sulham Woods for oak processionary moth caterpillar

Oak Processionary Moth

Spraying of the oak processionary moth caterpillars will take place today (14th May) in Sulham Woods between Tilehurst and Tidmarsh. Two small areas of the woodland and the direct access through the woods between them are scheduled to be closed briefly tomorrow as a safety precaution while they are treated from the air for oak processionary moth. The areas to be closed will be indicated by notices and Forestry Commission staff on site. The remainder of the woodland – south of Pangbourne – will remain open for the public, accessible from footpaths across adjacent fields. A small hard-standing area in…

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Beach ‘eyesore’ Christmas trees to be removed

Christmas trees

Some dead Christmas trees planted on a beach in Cornwall in a bid to prevent erosion are to be removed after criticism of the scheme. About 100 trees were set in sand at Porthtowan in the hope that dunes would form around them. A community group said the move failed to create any dunes and the sight of the trees was damaging tourism. Cornwall Council said it would reduce the number of trees and partially bury those being kept. The trees were planted in January, with Cornwall Council claiming they would act as wind traps allowing marram grass to grow and hold…

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Ash dieback ‘could affect 75% of trees in worst-hit areas’


The spread of a deadly fungus killing ash trees in the UK could affect up to three-quarters of the species in the worst-hit areas within just four years, according to government scientists. Conservationists said such a rapid spread would be “devastating” to landscapes and have a “very real economic cost”. Chalara fraxinea, a fungus that was found in England in 2012 after being blown over the English channel or imported via nurseries, causes the crown of ash trees to blacken and wither, and can kill younger trees. Ministers have admitted the spread of the disease cannot be stopped, and are resigned to mitigating…

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Charity boosts rehabilitation for addicts through planting trees scheme


RECOVERING addicts planted a mass of new trees as part of a scheme to boost their rehabilitation and give back to the community. Addiction support charity Open Road was given a massive donation of 1,200 sappling trees by Waitrose and the Woodland Trust. Charity users set to work planting the trees at Gravel Wood in Beamont-cum-Moze, near Clacton, last week. Open Road helps people in their struggle with drug and alcohol addictions. One of the charity’s schemes is to maintain council-owned green spaces around Clacton to give users a positive activity to be a part of. Charity project manager Rob…

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Trees felled to boost Naze access


A SECTION of trees have been felled at Walton’s Naze to improve footpath access. Tendring Council had been coppicing the trees – a method involving cutting a tree down to ground level and letting new sprouts grow from the stump. But some have been cut down permanently to allow Naze visitors to reach areas which were becoming cut off by the dense woodland. A council spokesman said: “Officers met with a local ward councillor and explained that the coppicing work to the trees formed part of the tree work identified within a ten year management plan drawn up in 2009. “It…

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