December 14, 2018

Guidance offered to help tree planting schemes

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Farmers are being offered help to improve tree planting schemes to make them more effective at capturing airborne ammonia and reducing air pollution. Developed as part of a research programme funded by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the new ammonia capture package includes advice on which tree species will thrive in different parts of the UK,what distance to plant trees from animal housing and in what configuration. An online calculator, meanwhile, is designed to give farmers an estimate of the percentage of ammonia that they will be able to recapture.Estimated capture benefits are calculated for long-term plantings of up…

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Tree planting in UK ‘must double to tackle climate change’

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Government advisers call for radical changes, including turning farmland into forests Tree planting must double by 2020 as part of radical changes to land use in the UK, according to the government’s advisers on climate change. New forests would lock up carbon but also help to limit the more frequent floods expected with global warming. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said land currently used to produce food would need to be converted to woodland, growing crops to produce energy and for new homes to accommodate the growing population. Up to 17% of cropland and 30% of grassland could be…

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Forestry Commission act on tree pest detected in Kent


The Forestry Commission is acting on the tree pest eight-toothed spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) which has been discovered in Kent Woodland managers, land owners, the forest industry and tree nurseries that supply mature conifer specimens are being urged to remain vigilant after the Forestry Commission identified a breeding population of the eight-toothed spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) in Kent. This was as part of routine surveillance activity. The beetles have been discovered in a woodland setting, the government contingency plan has been initiated and the Forestry Commission has been designated the competent body for the outbreak. Movement restrictions have been…

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Landowners stress they want less interference over what trees to plant where


Scottish Land & Estates – which represents landowners, rural businesses and rural professionals – said it wants greater acknowledgement from the government that there will be “conflicts around land use choices.” It fears the development of combined strategies “which dictate what a land use should be.” SLE said an integrated land use strategy which underpins forestry, farming and other sectors remains a challenge. It has responded to the consultation on Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-29 which was undertaken by the Scottish Government. The organisation said it supported efforts to promote and develop sustainable forestry, but recognised achieving consensus over different land…

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Green-fingered pupils plant trees for their forest school

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Pupils at Greenford Church of England Primary School in Maiden Newtonhelped plant 240 trees for their forest school area. Forest school is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. Every child at Greenford School planted a tree on the school grounds. The Woodland Trust donated trees for this project. Mr Masters, one of Greenford’s parents, who is a West Dorset Reserves Warden at Dorset Wildlife Trust, planned and mapped out the new area and then led a team of volunteers to help each child plant a tree. Jo Ashley, school secretary,…

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Tree company gives away free Christmas trees

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KEIGHLEY Tree Services has again donated free Christmas trees to local organisations. The company on Halifax Road, Cross Roads, asked customers to nominate worthy causes on its Facebook page, and attracted dozens of suggestions. This year’s beneficiaries are Stanbury Village School, Lees Primary School, Cancer Support Keighley and Haworth Riding for the Disabled. Lisa Balderstone responded that Stanbury School was very grateful, adding: “The tree will be enjoyed by the children in school until the end of term and will then be taken to Stanbury Church for the village to enjoy.” Lees Primary School has also thanks Keighley Tree Services…

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Trees ‘may have been removed’ by developer which chopped down giant redwood by mistake


A developer has been asked not to remove any more trees after it felled a 160-year-old giant redwood ‘by mistake’. A joint investigation by Swansea Council and Natural Resources Wales is underway after the protected tree was felled without permission. The tree, which was on land in Penllergaer, has been reduced to just a stump after it was mistakenly chopped down as part of work on a housing development. Enzo Sauro, the boss of developer Enzo’s Homes, previously said that the redwood would be replaced with ‘a mature replica tree’ and stated that he was in talks with the Penllergare Trust, which looks after the…

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7 of the most breathtaking forests in the world


As a company full of forest fanatics, Husqvarna is somewhat of an authority when it comes to assessing the quirks, beauty and uniqueness the world’s forests have to offer. They’ve put their helmets together with Pro Landscaper to come up with seven of the most breathtaking which are well worth a visit. Crooked Forest – Poland There are many theories around where pines get their twist. Were they designed to grow this way to create furniture and abandoned during the war, or was it a bad snowstorm that pushed the trunks in to this position? Since 1930 there are 400 of them, making…

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250 trees saved using enriched biochar and deep-soil decompaction


A total of 250 trees have been saved by applying enriched biochar to the roots by Geo-Injector since 2017.   Apex Soil Solutions, the Ringwood-based tree health business, has successfully treated 250 trees using its deep-soil Geo-Injector and Carbon Gold’s enriched biochar products, Tree Soil Improver and Tree Fertiliser, since collaborating in 2017.   Biochar is a porous, high-carbon form of charcoal that improves the structure, aeration, water-holding capacity and nutrient retention of soils of all types, and provides the perfect refuge for beneficial microbiology. Carbon Gold’s Tree Soil Improver is enriched with mycorrhizal and Trichoderma fungi, seaweed and wormcasts and trees treated with it have been shown to…

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National Tree Week: new trees planted at West Ham Park

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City of London Corporation staff, Friends of West Ham Park and local volunteers will plant 1,250 shrubs and 38 trees at West Ham Park. This is to take place during national Tree Week on 24 November – 2 December.   The trees will be a mix of Willow, European Hornbeam and Hazel. They are part of the park’s South Meadow Improvement Project, after a £15,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund Community in July.   With roots going back to 1975, National Tree Week celebrates the start of the winter tree planting season. It is the UK’s longest…

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