October 16, 2018

BRITAIN’S WETTEST WINTER ON RECORD THREATENS NATION’S TREES

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Carbon Gold and Bartlett Tree Experts are warning of an impending outbreak of lethal tree diseases in the wake of Britain’s widespread flooding as soils remain saturated. As flood waters recede, trees have been left struggling in waterlogged, compacted soil that has been stripped of essential nutrients. These terrible growing conditions will inevitably affect tree health, leaving them more susceptible to disease. A soil amendment known as ‘biochar’ has been shown to be a key tool for protecting trees from fatal tree diseases such as Phytophthora. Phytophthora has already wiped out swathes of UK forests and variants of the disease…

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Villagers plant seven trees to remember seven soldiers

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Villagers plant seven trees to remember the seven soldiers who never came home from war. Seven trees have been planted to remember seven soldiers who from a village who gave their lives in the First World War. A plaque was also unveiled today to go alongside the trees in Manor Road, Barton-in-Fabis, while seven bird boxes have been built and placed around the village. It has all been done to remember villagers James Adams, Frederick Atkinson, Thomas Brogdale, Albert Priestley, John Towers, Arthur North and Harry Pepper. All of them came from the village, near Clifton, and all lost their lives…

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Glendale awarded major London arboriculture contract

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Green services company Glendale has secured an £810,000 arboriculture contract with the London Borough of Hillingdon. The company’s specialists will provide a full range of arboriculture services during the three year contract, which has the option of being extended for a further two years. Glendale will manage Hillingdon’s arboriculture requirements which include tree surgery, felling, pruning, stump grinding and decay detection across the borough’s 200 green spaces and urban locations. John McKenna, Glendale’s operations manager for London and the South East, said: “We have a comprehensive plan in place to deliver this contract with high standards and professionalism. It is…

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BIRMINGHAM TO BECOME A BIOPHILIC CITY

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Birmingham City Council has signed up to full membership of the new global green cities group – the Biophilic Cities Network. Making the announcement at the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ recent Trees, People and the Built Environment (TPBE II) conference, the council’s climate change and sustainability manager Nick Grayson explained that the Biophilic Cities Network comprises eight ‘pioneer cities’, all of which are at various stages of a ‘transformative journey from 19th or 20th century cities to new global 21st century cities; measuring their future success on their local and global imprint, on ecosystems and well-being’. The Biophilic Cities Network…

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Public asked to help survey health of ash trees using AshTag

AshTag

The Living Ash Project is asking members of the public to report information about the health of ash trees. They are especially interested in those that may have some tolerance to the disease that is threatening Britain’s second most common broadleaved tree – Chalara ash dieback. The Living Ash Project aims to identify trees that are tolerant to ash dieback. There are an estimated 120 million ash trees in Britain’s woodlands and hedgerows. Evidence from Denmark, where Chalara ash dieback is more prevalent, indicates that approximately 1% of trees show good tolerance to the disease. While tolerant trees may regenerate…

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Fallen Pontfadog oak gene plan moves a step forward

Pontfadog oak

Plans to clone a 1,200-year-old Pontfadog oak tree which was toppled by strong winds a year ago have taken a step forward. Tree experts have successfully grafted cuttings from the Pontfadog Oak, which was reputed to be one of the UK’s oldest and largest oaks. The cuttings were taken with the aim of creating a genetic match for the tree, near Chirk, in Wrexham county. Legend says the tree, which came down on 18 April 2013, was once a meeting point for a medieval Welsh prince. Owain Gwynedd is said to have met his troops under the tree in the…

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The Future of London’s Trees – exploring opportunities, overcoming barriers

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Location: Garden Museum (next to Lambeth Palace SE1 7LB) When: April 30 2014 – 6.30 – 8.30pm Programme The Role of Trees in London’s Landscape What has influenced tree planting in the past? How have design attitudes to trees evolved and changed? Speaker. Robert Huxford, Director, Urban Landscape Group. Trees for the Future The Greater London Authority is undertaking an i-Tree Eco survey of London’s urban forest. This should enable an assessment to be made of the capital asset value of London’s trees and also provide a cost-benefit analysis of some of the services that trees can deliver. This is…

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£25,000 TREE PLANTING PROJECT UNDERWAY IN LONDON BY CIVIC TREES

Civic Trees

Civic Trees, part of the national green spaces company Glendale, is undertaking a major urban tree planting project in the London borough of Brent. The £25,000 contract for the planting programme is with Brent Council and forms part of the council’s plans for enhancing the A5 Cricklewood Broadway. 39 London plane (Platanus x acerifolia) trees have so far been planted along the route in specially dug pits designed to help the trees bed in and protect the underground utilities. Each pit is designed to fit exactly in the space allowed and has been filled with top soil.  The trees have…

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750,000 larch trees replace felled disease woodland

Larch trees

More than 750,000 larch trees have been planted across Wales over the past 18 months to replace those felled due to disease, says Natural Resources Wales. Surveys in 2013 found the disease had spread more quickly than expected after a wet and warm winter better allowed the spores to travel to other trees. NRW It said more than 6,600 hectares (16,000) of woodland had been infected. Restored areas include Wentwood Forest, near Newport and Bwlch Nant yr Arian, near Aberystwyth. In October last year, NRW said diseased trees across an area the size of around 300 football pitches were being…

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New Council Members for ICF

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The Insitute of Chartered Foresters’ (ICF) AGM took place on Wednesday 2nd April, in Birmingham, and saw 5 new Councillors elected. New faces on the ICF Council include Institute Fellows Jonathan Baker, Huw Davies and Sharon Hosegood, and Professional Members Michael Carroll, and Tracy Clarke. The Council is made up of 14 members and acts as a governing body for the Insitute, headed by the President and Vice President. Existing ICF President Prof Julian Evans OBE FICFor, and Vice-President David Henderson-Howat FICFor were reelected at AGM without competition. Profiles: Jonathan Baker FICFor CEnv M.Arbor.A MIfL Jonathan has worked in forestry…

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