December 12, 2018

Makita introduce new chordless 18v LXT Top Handle Chainsaw

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The new Makita DUC254Z 18V Brushless Top Handle Chainsaw LXT is no exception. With a single 18V Lithium-Ion battery, the Makita chainsaw generates a 570 watt output providing ample power to run the 3/8th inch chain over the 25cm bar at up to 24 metres per second matching the performance of a petrol machine.  The Brushless motor ensures longer runtime, substantially greater power and lower maintenance. Setting an industry benchmark this new model features the main power switch with Auto-Off function making it one of the safest chainsaws on the market.  It automatically turns the machine off if the operator…

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New strategy will enhance tree conservation in west Norfolk


The “immense value” of west Norfolk trees and woodland is set to be highlighted when a new long-term strategy is rolled out to safeguard them. The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk’s cabinet agreed to adopt a 10-year programme for sustaining the area’s urban forests, called the Tree and Woodland Strategy. The plan is the first of its kind at the council, and was prepared following a consultation during the spring, including with Natural England, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and parish councils. Although there will be a focus on the whole of the borough, the key target area will…

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Trees saved Dorset taxpayers nearly £6m in NHS bills


A study for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that in 2015 the NHS avoided £6.1 million in health costs thanks to air quality improvements by natural vegetation. That’s £14.55 for every resident. Nationally, the ONS estimates there were 7,100 fewer lung and heart-related hospital admissions, 27,000 fewer life years lost and 1,900 fewer premature deaths thanks to the service provided by nature. The saving for the whole of the UK was £1bn. Woodlands, grasslands and shrubs in Dorset absorbed 17.7 tonnes of air pollutants – about 69 kg of contaminants per hectare. Top of the ranking was Breckland…

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Makita UK teams up with BALI again for SALTEX 2018


Makita UK will be returning to the BALI Zone at Saltex this year which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham, 31 October – 1 November 2018.  Makita will be on stand K190d, Hall 6. The BALI Zone features and promotes leading BALI registered affiliate and contractor members.  Also confirmed for this year are Boningale Nurseries, Green-tech, British Sugar TOPSOIL, EverEdge and YMCA Training. The Makita UK stand will showcase the ever-growing garden machinery range suitable for professional landscaping contractors, groundsmen and forestry workers. “We are really looking forward to returning to the BALI Zone at this year’s Saltex and…

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Futurescape Scotland seminar line up announced

Futurescape Scotland

FutureScape Scotland, Scotland’s ONLY landscaping exhibition, will take place on Thursday 6 September 2018 at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. FutureScape brings together the landscaping, arboriculture and grounds care industries within Scotland. The event has joined forces with the industry’s leading associations to promote the event to all their members. The array of different activities combined with the inspirational feeling of the event will give visitors numerous reasons to attend this one-day industry event. The seminar programme and speakers have now been announced and there are some industry leading experts attending this year! This year Futurscape Scotland speakers include: Lynn Hill…

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Another record breaking year in Green-tech’s 24 year history


Leading landscape supplier Green-tech is celebrating a bumper year since its formation in 1994. Green-tech has enjoyed 12 consecutive record-breaking months; a first for the company. February was the ultimate high when they achieved an unprecedented £1.6 million of sales. The company is expecting to end their financial year with an annual turnover of £14.5 million, up 14.5% on last year. Green-tech’s head count has continued to rise as predicted and they have plans to expand to 90 staff by the end of the year. The sales team is their largest team with further growth scheduled. Green-tech successfully took on…

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Greenworks Commercial unveil new battery powered chainsaw


Provider of battery operated-outdoor power equipment, Greenworks Commercial, has announced that it has expanded its award-winning professional duty line with the new GS 110 10” Brushless Top Handle Saw. With its user-friendly push-button start technology, the GS 110 offers all the versatility and reliability needed to perform. Precision limbing and one-hand cutting tasks are made simple with the GS 110’s compact design and the convenience of lithium-ion battery power technology. “Professional arborists who use gas-powered chainsaws have for years complained about the lost productivity from having to get out of the tree and down on the ground to restart their…

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Ash dieback detected on new species of tree


The Forestry Commission is urging industry to be vigilant for signs of ash dieback on new tree and shrub species and report suspected sightings through its Tree Alert reporting system. The call comes after three new tree and shrub species in the same family as ash (Oleaceae) tested positive for ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) infection at the Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire. The findings are unlikely to have a significant impact on the environment as the newly infected species are ornamental and are not widespread or native to the UK. The infection was identified by staff at the arboretum on mock privet,…

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Nitrogen pollution is choking forests’ carbon-protecting fungi

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Under the forest floor lies a complex, hidden world of fungi. These tiny creatures form intimate connections with tree roots, sharing resources with each other and influencing the soil around them, but they are under attack from a surplus of nitrogen pollution. Some of these are arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which dig deep into the root tissues. The other kind are ectomycorrhizal fungi, which grow outside, around the root filaments, producing many of the mushrooms that we see on the forest floor. Ectomycorrhizal fungi also act as carbon guardians: they help slow down decomposition, and increase the amount of carbon dioxide locked…

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Pakistan to plant 10 billion trees to combat climate change


The new government in Pakistan will plant 10 billion trees over five years to combat climate change, it has said. It is an expansion of the existing “billion tree tsunami” project by new prime minister Imran Khan to restore 350,000 hectares of forest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to Climate Home News. As well as releasing oxygen, the trees are expected to help prevent flooding from glaciers in the north of the country. Malik Amin Aslam, of the cricket star’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, told Climate Home News: “Pakistan is facing the brunt of climate change, so I think climate preparation, making sure our development…

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