January 19, 2018

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2018 opens for applications


A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients and two Canadian recipients. Now in its fourth year, the Award is a partnership initiative between The Prince of Wales’ Duchy of Cornwall and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) in the UK, and the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) in Canada, funded by The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. It recognises students and recent graduates who are actively engaged in forestry, arboriculture or…

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12 Days of Christmas – January 2017


We spoke to Maggie Wrights, the Principal Tree Officer at London Borough of Sutton about the challenges that come from over-development and how the public can influence the future of their trees. (Page 9) Following on from themes generated through discussion at the 2016 FutureArb seminar, Jonathan Hazell wrote about how arborists can stay relevant. Jonathan is as methodical in his approach as ever, explaining the execution of his suggestions in the most helpful way imaginable. (Page 13) Our feature ‘Inside Southampton City Council’ tackled an increasingly popular theme within local tree management: bringing tree surgery in house to cut…

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Major pruning and cutting halted for 800+ year old oak tree in Wickwar quarry


The oak tree, which is believed to be one of the largest and oldest trees in Britain, has been saved from pruning by CEMEX Wickwar’s Quarry Manager, Frank Hogg. It is believed that the tree could have been planted before the Battle of Hastings on land which is now owned by building materials supplier CEMEX UK. The tree, which has a girth of 10.5 metres, is comparable in size to the famous Major Oak in Sherwood Forest making it between 800 and 1000 years old. Western Power Distribution were due to undertake a major pruning and cutting of the canopy to…

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DAERA launches consultation for Ash Dieback


The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has launched a consultation on its approach to Ash Dieback. Since it was first discovered here in 2012 on imported ash plants, the fungal disease has continued to spread despite efforts to contain and eradicate the outbreak. The Department’s Forest Service has been monitoring the presence of the disease since the initial discovery. It is now finding the disease at widely dispersed locations in Northern Ireland where it is present on native ash both in the hedgerows and in older trees. Diane Stevenson from DAERA Forest Service explained: “To date the aim…

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MSPs praised for positive approach to forestry bill


CONFOR has welcomed the “pragmatic and positive” approach by politicians to the new Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill after the latest version was published. Chief Executive of Confor, Stuart Goodall, said better legislation had emerged as a result of careful consideration of more than 130 amendments put forward to the draft Bill – the first new forestry legislation in 50 years, which completes the full devolution of forestry to Scotland. Confor worked closely with MSPs on the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to press for what it saw as crucial changes to the original draft. This led to a…

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School children plant 4,000 trees in St Albans


New shrubs planted in London Colney’s Naspbury Park are hoped to encourage nesting birds into the area. The saplings were planted by students at St Bernadette’s Primary School with the help of Hertfordshire County Council’s rural estate team as a part of National Tree Week. The previously derelict eight acres will now host a range of broadleaf species, which includes oak and hornbeam. It was part of National Tree Week (NTW), and the funds for the trees were covered by a Woodland Creation Grant Scheme by Natural England and the Forestry Commission. Article source

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New research provides unprecedented insights into oak-boring beetle


The native oak-boring beetle, Agrilus biguttatus, has been collected and bred by researchers carrying out work at Forest Research and Harper Adams university. The researchers believe it is the first time the beetle has been observed and reared in the laboratory as it develops from egg to adults. These beetles appear to be connected to the declines in the health of oak trees across Europe, but it is still unknown whether they are a necessary part of Acute Oak Decline, or whether they are, instead, attracted to trees which are suffering from bacterial infections. They require warm temperatures to survive and…

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Sheffield’s memorial trees deemed too expensive to save


Sheffield council has voted against saving the memorial trees, stating that it will be too expensive to save them. Dozens of the trees, which were planted in honour of fallen soldiers, will be replaced. The decision was made during a heated public meeting, which adjourned due to shouts from the public gallery. The decision stated that 41 trees, which were planted as a “living memorial” in Western Road in 1919, will be removed and replanted. The council stated that the removal of the memorial trees would found from its existing highways contract, but the £500,000 required to save the trees and make…

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Forestry Commission’s scheme to reintroduce beavers gets go-ahead


In a bid to prevent flooding in the local area, the government have approved plans to re-introduce beavers into the Forest of Dean. The animals could prevent floods by buildings dams and ponds and improve biodiversity. Scientists believe the beavers may be able to hold back enough water to help with flood alleviation for Lydbrook by quickly constructing natural dam structures and creating new habitat. Two adult beavers and two kits will be released into a 6.5 hectare (16-acre) enclosure at Lydbrook, Gloucestershire. The plan will go ahead next year, releasing the beavers under the Forestry Commission plans, approved by Natural England….

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Research shows asthma attacks reduced in tree-lined urban neighborhoods


People living in polluted urban areas are far less likely to be admitted to hospital with asthma when there are lots of trees in their neighbourhood, a study by the University of Exeter’s medical school has found. The study into the impact of urban greenery on asthma suggests that respiratory health can be improved by the expansion of tree cover in very polluted urban neighbourhoods. The study, published in the journal Environment International, looked at more than 650,000 serious asthma attacks over a 15 year period. Emergency hospitalisations were compared across 26,000 urban neighbourhoods in England. In the most polluted urban…

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