January 19, 2018

RFS announces Excellence in Forestry Awards for 2018


“It’s only through ensuring high quality woodland management and talking about it to a wider world that we will help people distinguish between excellence and exploitation in forestry,” so says Rachel Thomas as she launches the Excellence in Forestry 2018 Awards. Rachel – the RFS Excellence in Forestry (EiF) Co-ordinator – adds: “Woods and forests provide a huge range of benefits that society sometimes takes for granted. Although well understood within the forestry sector they are not necessarily appreciated outside. “I really would like to encourage more woodland owners from all parts of the forestry sector to enter the Excellence…

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Restoration project in Nottingham to remove ten 90-year-old cherry trees


A project to restore the pathway area at Highfields Park has begun, with ten cherry trees being removed from the site. The 90-year-old trees have been felled in the past week after work began on Monday, November 20. Nottingham City Council said the trees were diseased and in a dangerous condition. They will be replaced early next year with semi-mature cherry trees, which will line the path from the University of Nottingham tram stop to Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre. The removal of the trees forms part of a £4.8m restoration project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Big Lottery Fund’s Park for…

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Pioneering tree health partnership to continue thanks to funding boost

An award-winning partnership which has identified 1,046 cases of tree pest and disease across the UK is set to continue. Observatree launched in spring 2015 aiming to train volunteers to help protect the UK’s trees, woods and forests from harmful pests and diseases, both existing and new. So far, 235 volunteers have been trained by the collaboration led by Forest Research, supported by the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission England, Defra, Fera Science Ltd, the Animal & Plant Health Agency, the National Trust, Natural Resources Wales and Forestry Commission Scotland. Over 3,000 sites have been surveyed by the volunteers in a…

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National Tree Week 2017

As National Tree Week – the UK’s biggest annual festival of trees – gets ready to launch on Saturday, The Tree Council is calling on everyone everywhere to celebrate the value of trees, plant more and appreciate them all. Across the UK, the presence of trees in cities, towns and rural landscapes, continues to add value to our lives every day, in many different ways. The value that trees provide can sometimes be taken for granted: they not only create a habitat for all sorts of wildlife, but provide services to humans too. We get food, fuel and building resources…

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McIntyre speaks up for Glyphosate in Brussels petition debate

British MEP Anthea McIntyre mounted a robust defence of the threatened weedkiller glyphosate when a petition against it was debated in the European Parliament. Miss Mcintyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands and a member of the parliament’s Agriculture Committee, said calls for a ban on the herbicide were based on false science and threatened the environment and bio-diversity. She spoke on Monday when a European Citizens’ Initiative petition (ECI) calling for an EU-wide ban was discussed with the petitioners and the European Commission. The petition – “Ban glyphosate and protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides” – calls…

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The largest productive tree planting scheme in England for more than 25 years has been approved


More than 213,000 trees will be planted this winter over 170 hectares at the Lowther Estate, south of Penrith, Cumbria. Just over 120 hectares of the site will be planted with productive softwood species, while the remainder will be predominantly productive broadleaves. Confor’s England Manager Caroline Harrison said the granting of Countryside Stewardship approval was “brilliant news” for the sector – especially with other large productive planting schemes in the pipeline awaiting approval. The driving forces behind both Lowther and similar applications have highlighted the Woodland Creation Planning Grant as the key which unlocked the planting opportunity. The Lowther planting…

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Yorkshire nursery plays key role in boosting UK tree population

A horticultural nursery has grown and supplied more than 2.5 million trees during the last 12 months, placing it as one of the UK’s biggest net contributors to the nation’s tree population. Johnsons of Whixley, a family-run plant nursery based in North Yorkshire, has published the figure, which includes smaller hedging plant trees, to coincide with the start of National Tree Week on 25 November. Organised by the UK Tree Council, National Tree Week marks the start of the winter tree planting season and aims to encourage communities to do something positive for their local treescape. Just 13% of the…

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Green-tech launches seasonal Tree Planting Packages

Green-tech, the UKs largest stockist and distributor of tree planting products has launched its Winter Tree Planting Packages. The brochure is packed with everything needed for tree planting; from tree shelters and spirals to planting accessories and essential soil conditioners; all keenly priced to meet customer demand. Green-tech has announced that the tree planting season has kicked off slightly earlier than normal with an unprecedented 1 million spirals going out in just one day. October closed for Green-tech with a record £1million of sales completed, another record for the company. The company has substantial stock holding facilities and currently has…

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Report shows that trees in urban areas are growing faster than those in rural areas


The heat island effect is likely having a noticeable effect on the growth rate of trees in metropolitan areas across the world. New research from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has shown that on average, trees in urban areas have been growing faster than trees in rural areas worldwide over the last 50 to 60 years. The research team studied about 1,400 hardwood samples of trees from several cities spread out across different climate zones of the world. Key excerpt below from the TUM article. “We can show that urban trees of the same age are larger on average than…

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Campaigners in Sheffield comes together to mark Armistice Day


Campaigners against the controversial felling of trees on a Sheffield street which are listed as a war memorial have come together on Armistice Day. More than 100 people gathered in Western Road, Crookes, for what they called a day of art and remembrance. Artists are drawing or painting each tree on the road as part of the campaign. The trees were planted on 4 April 1919 to mark the part former pupils of a local school played in World War One. They are recognised by the War Memorials Trust and Imperial War Museum as a Living War Memorial, but 23…

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