June 20, 2018

Drax and Treemetrics confirmed for ICF’s National Conference in May


The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has announced that power giant Drax and Ireland’s ‘Internet of Trees’ technology-solution provider Treemetrics are now confirmed for its flagship National Conference, this May in Edinburgh. The conference will focus on how the fast-moving developments in science and technology, and the revolution they bring – from global economies through to the workplace, will re-shape the forestry and arboriculture industry. This powerful platform will equip and inform foresters and arboriculturists to face the inevitable changes ahead where innovation will drive long-term success. Treemetrics Chief Executive Officer Enda Keane and Chris Woods, Head of Digital at…

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‘Forests of the future’ seminar line-up announced


‘Securing our urban forests of the future’ will be held on Wednesday 2 May at Whitworth Art Gallery, and brings together key organisations in the urban forestry sector, as well as sharing best practice from across the globe. This seminar is for all those with a vested interest in securing our trees and woods for the benefit of both people and the environment and will bring together delegates from local authorities, housing associations and universities as well as conservation organisations, environmental consultants and landscape architects. The event is organised by City of Trees, a movement which aims to plant 3…

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River Clyde Property Management, on using the Arborist 150

Arborist 150

River Clyde Homes is an Inverclyde-based housing association that manages 5600 homes and factors 2500 properties for home owners. In 2017 River Clyde Property Management was created as an ‘in-house’ specialist team to maintain the grounds, landscaping and the local environment. Grounds Supervisor, Derek Robertson, quickly specified a GreenMech Arborist 150 woodchipper to join his fleet as it was, “versatile enough to cope with the variety of arboricultural work we were going to face”. “I first used a GreenMech chipper when I worked as an Arborist for the council – we had a tracked one in our machinery fleet, so…

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New wording to National Planning Policy Framework could help protect ancient woodland


Changes that could provide better protection for ancient woodland from development have been proposed following a Government review of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Loopholes in planning policy have threatened England’s ancient woodland for a long time, but new wording put forward by the Government could result in fewer threats to trees. To show that the public agrees with the changes, the Woodland Trust are asking for the public to have their say, using their simple form online. The Woodland Trust could be focusing on defending England’s ancients from major infrastructure like HS2 instead of from car parks, luxury…

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The ethics of tree removal


Paul George of Landmark Trading takes on the thorny issue of tree removal – what needs to be considered, and when it’s ethical to fell By Paul George Tree removal has sometimes drawn an ambiguous line on ethics – something that has been highlighted more than ever in light of the events in Sheffield. The local government’s Streets Ahead programme, a citywide project aiming to upgrade the area’s roads, streetlights, bridges and structures, has led to widespread tree felling – which local protesters and Sheffield Trees Action Groups (STAG) are trying to stop. Here, arboriculture has turned into a political…

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Ground Control recruitment days


Ground Control, the leading UK grounds maintenance company and recipient of numerous awards from institutions such as BALI for Maintenance and Landscape, and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation). The core company purpose is to create and maintain external environments that are safe and enjoyable for all. Grounds Maintenance is where it all began for the firm, who are incredibly proud of the client portfolio they’ve won and retained over the years. Ground Control continue to grow thanks to their fantastic team of managers and operatives. In April the company is welcoming workers within the industry to their recruitment days…

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London to receive 1,000 cherry blossom trees from Japan


A scheme proposed by the Japan Britain Society aims to plant 1,000 cherry blossom trees across parks in Britain, the Japan Times reports. The fundraising project initially aims to raise funds to grow, plant and maintain between 50 and 60 of these iconic trees in four major London parks next autumn. Locations are being sourced between the organisers and The Royal Parks charity ahead of the first round of planting, with the remaining trees reportedly being planted at a later date. Sandy K. Sano, creator of the project and chairman of the Japanese Association says: “We want to honour the…

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National Tree Officers Conference 2018: Call for Presentations Now Open


Building on the success of the last two conferences, the third National Tree Officers Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). This is a great opportunity for tree/woodland/planning officers to present to your colleagues on the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority arboricultural and urban forestry work. The conference will be held on Tuesday the 6th November 2018, at the Oakengates Theatre, Limes Road, Telford, TF2 6EP. Conference bookings will open later in the year at:…

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Stihl set to launch lightest high-performance forestry saw


STIHL is set to launch a new high-performance forestry saw in June 2018, the lightest chainsaw in the 70cm3 cubic capacity class, ideal for felling, pruning and fit for any forest, making the saw a true all-rounder. Weighing only 6kg and developing 6hp, the new MS 462 C-M is extremely simple to manoeuvre and has outstanding acceleration, with 100km/h speeds achieved in only 0.3 seconds. With a new lighter and smaller diameter flywheel, the compact design and ease of use of the saw makes it perfect for prolonged use in rough terrain. In addition, a reduced gyroscopic force also provides…

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First tree planted in River Aire natural flood management pilot


The first of 450 trees in a £500,000 natural flood management pilot scheme on the River Aire have been planted to reduce flood risk. The first of thousands of trees to be planted across the upper River Aire catchment took place today as part of a pilot natural flood management project. Cllr Judith Blake CBE, leader of Leeds City Council, planted the first tree on site at Eshton Beck, Gargrave, witnessed by volunteers, landowners, local authorities and partners. This pilot site will have 450 trees planted, to see how natural techniques can slow the flow of water and reduce the risk…

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