April 20, 2018

STIHL launch world’s first electronic fuel injection chainsaw

Stihl

The new STIHL MS 500i is the world’s first chainsaw with electronic fuel injection and a never-before achieved power-to-weight ratio. With the MS 500i, STIHL presents the world’s first standard chainsaw with electronically controlled fuel injection, consolidating its position as a technology leader. The STIHL injection technology (i) not only provides the chainsaw of the future with incredible torque, but also ensures rapid acceleration of the saw chain from 0 to 100 km/h in just 0.25 seconds. Thanks to the intelligent lightweight design, the MS 500i is also has the best ever power-to-weight ratio – 1.24 kilograms per kilowatt, an…

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Serbian spruce article wins judges vote for James Cup 2018

Serbian

An article examining Serbian spruce as a potential alternative to Sitka and Norway spruces to build resilience in forests has won the prestigious James Cup 2018. Co-authored by Peter Savill, Scott Wilson, Bill Mason, Richard Jinks, Victoria Stokes and Tom Christian, the article appeared in the January 2017 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Forestry (QJF) and was part of a Species Profile Project looking at tree species that might be used in Britain if climate change proceeds as predicted, and in the light of the threats posed by tree pests and diseases. After examining its habitat and ecology, record…

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Portadown arborist’s intrepid cat rescue

Portadown

Local Portadown resident Vilma Orzekauskaite spotted the cat as she looked out of her window in People’s Park, quickly realising that the cat, which was perched on a high branch, dangling over the river, was stuck. Vilma tried to coax the cat down from the tree with a range of tricks and food, “It was too high for me to get up there,” she comments. She then tried the local NI Fire and Rescue Service but discovered that they no longer deal with cat rescues. With few options left, Vilma turned to the internet for help and advice for getting…

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Assessing the need for tree removal: top 10 tips

Removed

Deciding whether a tree needs to be removed can be a tricky business. Lee Davies, Consultant at Artemis Tree Services, offers advice to help arborists through the process. As tree professionals we understand the wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits trees provide, such as absorbing pollution, reducing the severity of flooding, and improving the health and wellbeing of society as a whole. It is therefore important that these benefits are conserved wherever practicable. However, there will be circumstances when trees need to be removed. Below are ten tips for identifying trees that need to be removed. Training Obtain…

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Dartmouth College research predicts which trees are at greatest risk of beetle invasion

Pine

Research published in Forest Ecology and Management shows that the composition of forests is more important than other factors when predicting the path of the southern pine beetle, with pitch pine forests being more susceptible to the pests that forests with a mix of tree species. Carissa Aoki, a post-doctoral research associate at Dartmouth and lead author of the study commented: “Knowing which tree stands may be most susceptible to this beetle is extremely important information for managers working to protect our forests. “This research not only tells us that preventative treatment such as thinning can be effective, but also…

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Allington tree felling causes controversy due to nesting birds

Nest

An ongoing housing project, which has already sparked controversy due to its destruction of green space and ancient woodland, has created further tension due to the alleged felling of trees during bird nesting season. The New Allington Action Group (NAAG) has called for Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) to prevent Croudace Homes, the Hermitage Park complex developers, from continuing their work. According to the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, it is an offence to take, damage, or destroy a nest which is in use or being built. Residents of Allington are claiming that the complex, which is being built off…

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An interview with Kevin Hayes, tree officer at the London Borough of Newham

Newham

Kevin Hayes, tree officer at the London Borough of Newham, tells us about what his job involves, the evolving roles of tree officers, and the effects of funding cuts on local authority arboriculture How did you get into arboriculture? Before I worked in arboriculture, I had jobs in a number of industries, but primarily in printing. After working in a fume-filled building with one window, I decided I needed to work outside, and hopefully in changeable locations. A job came up in a local paper as a groundsman for a small-time tree surgeon, and it all started from there. Why…

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Forest of Dean District Council reject holiday cabins to maintain ancient woodland

Dean

Plans to create seven log cabins and two shepherd’s huts in the Forest of Dean has been stopped by the council due to the destruction of ancient woodland. The holiday homes were to be built in Lower Newent Woods, Cliffords Mesne, Gloucestershire, but has been prevented as it would: “create significant harm to the intrinsic beauty and tranquillity of the local landscape character.” Lead campaigner for the Woodland Trust Oliver Newham said: “Ancient woodland is our most precious habitat, yet it accounts for only 2% of UK tree cover. It is land that has been continuously wooded since 1600 so…

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Niwaki to hold Open House Event on 20th and 21st April

Niwaki

Niwaki Spring Ladder Event – celebrating the start of the gardening year Niwaki will be holding another of their popular Open House Events.  As well as the usual, sushi, tools & ladders there will be a tool sharpening demonstrations and rolling screenings of a series of short films founder Jake Hobson has just shot in Japan on a recent trip.  A must attend event for Niwaki fans to learn more about Japanese gardening and tools. Niwaki Spring Ladder Event and Short Film Screenings Friday 20th April (10-6)  & Saturday 21st April (10-4) Sushi, Niwaki short films, special offers and ex-display…

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Ancient woodland saved as council throws out plans for log cabins

Woodland

The Woodland Trust has welcomed a decision by Forest of Dean District Council to refuse plans for holiday accommodation that would have destroyed precious ancient woodland. The application for seven log cabins and two shepherd’s huts in Lower Newent Woods, Cliffords Mesne, Gloucestershire, was thrown out as it “would create significant harm to the intrinsic beauty and tranquillity of the local landscape character.” Lead campaigner for the Woodland Trust Oliver Newham said: “Ancient woodland is our most precious habitat, yet it accounts for only 2% of UK tree cover. It is land that has been continuously wooded since 1600 so…

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