April 18, 2018

10,000 new trees to boost roadside wildlife habitat in the South West

Habitat

Highways England is starting a major programme of tree and shrub planting along the A30 and A38 in a bid to connect a 105 mile corridor of wildlife habitat. The work is taking place at 21 sites in Devon and Cornwall and involves the planting of 10,000 native trees and shrubs to fill or reduce gaps in hedgerow and woodland along the roadside. In total the planting will provide around three extra miles of vegetation and connect over 105 miles of habitat on the verge and land adjacent to the A30 and A38. The scheme is being delivered under Highways…

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Rare butterfly halts felling of elm tree in Sheffield

Butterfly

The White-letter Hairstreak butterfly has temporarily saved a threatened elm tree in Sheffield, that the council wanted to fell due to an apparent risk posed to the highway. The threat of felling to the elm is due to Sheffield’s controversial Streets Ahead initiative. The council stated that the tree with be retained “for a number of months” in order to move the butterfly. The Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust said it remained opposed to the tree being felled. The White-letter Hairstreak butterfly declined in the 1970s when its foodplants were reduced by Dutch Elm disease. They are difficult to spot,…

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Keith Sacre to speak at The Urban Forest of Tomorrow Conference

Barcham

Barcham Trees’ Keith Sacre is to be the sole speaker from a tree nursery at The Urban Forest of Tomorrow Conference to be held at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga Campus on 14 and 15 June 2018. This educational event is open to all, including arborists, landscape architects, urban foresters and planners, ecologists, green industry professionals, students, and anyone with a desire to hear about the latest research and advancements for the future of trees in urban landscapes. Sacre is one of nine presenters from three continents; seven are international and two are from the Toronto area. His presentation: ‘Are…

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Government scheme plans to plant thousands of trees in Rushcliffe

Rushcliffe

As a part of the new £50,000 project, the Rushcliffe council has set out plants to make Rushcliffe a bit greener, planting thousands of trees over the next three years, ensuring sustainable environments in the district are preserved. Grants will be available from April onwards for groups and individuals wishing to plant trees in the towns and villages. Cllr Debbie Mason, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s deputy leader said: “Tree protection and promotion is an issue often raised by Councillors and the wider public particularly as our communities are set to grow increasingly in the coming years. “We want to support economic…

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Telford council commission tree survey

Telford

Large-scale planting undertaken from the late 1960s has forced Telford council to slowly remove many trees as a part of their ‘Pride in Our Community’ tree management program. Millions of trees that had been planted by the Telford Development Corporation, which included oak, pine, chestnut, willow and poplar trees, were planted along roadside, around housing estates and as woodlands. The Pride in Our Community initiative was undertaken to ensure trees had enough light to thrive by removing some of the millions planted. A tree survey has now been commissioned to ensure a healthy population of trees with a ‘right tree…

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Tree Council outline their key dates for 2018 campaigns

Campaign

2018 promises to be a busy one and with the launch of the Tree Care Campaign little more than a month away, the Tree Council thought it would be useful to their community action campaigns of 2018. The campaign theme for the 2017-18 tree year is centred around the value of trees, calling on everyone everywhere to celebrate trees, plant more and appreciate them all. The Tree Council explained: “Across the UK, the presence of trees in cities, towns and rural landscapes continues to add value to lives every day, in many different ways. The value that trees provide can…

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Plant trees now to reduce HS2 impact, says green expert

HS2

A green spaces expert is calling upon landowners to plant trees in order to lessen the environmental impact of the new High Speed Two (HS2) rail network. Deric Newman, general manager of national tree supply, planting and relocation specialist, Glendale Civic Trees, says it’s imperative that planting projects begin as soon as possible along the affected routes in order to provide the most benefits. Hundreds of green spaces across the country are at risk of damage as part of the creation of the new high-speed railway network, which has been designed to create better connections between cities, and cut journey…

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Professional Planners and Arboriculturists collaborate for Trees in the Planning Process seminar

Andy

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has partnered with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to deliver Trees in the Planning Process, a half-day seminar on April 13, in Oxford. It will highlight the importance of trees and landscapes in urban greenspace design alongside the considerations of those involved in the planning application process. While the benefits of trees in urban greenspace projects, such as for health, well-being and alleviating climate-related problems, are now widely recognised, less so are the benefits of closer collaboration between those on either side of the planning process. On the one hand there’s the vision…

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Barcham Trees support TDAG’s presence at ecobuild

Barcham

Barcham Trees is to be a major sponsor of the Trees and Design Action Group’s (TDAG) presence at ecobuild 2018, which takes place at London’s ExCel from 6 to 8 March 2018. The Group brings together a pioneering band of individuals, professionals and organisations from wide ranging disciplines in both the public and private sectors to increase awareness of the role of trees in the built environment. Architectural consultant and TDAG member Sue James has devised a programme for the organisation’s stand (H130) where its experts will be pleased answer questions. Leaflets relating to research documents will also be available to…

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Artist Dan Llywelyn Hall joins HS2 campaigners outside Euston Station

HS2

Artist Dan Llywelyn Hall will be joining campaigners today outside Euston Station between 10:30 and 14:30. Euston Gardens, where the group will be gathering, yesterday saw the first cutting of trees to pave way for the HS2. Dan Llywelyn Hall was invited by national tree campaigner Rob McBride to the site on Monday 29th January before the firs trees were felled. Dan says ahead of today’s ‘drawing’ protest: ‘It seems our country is about to witness one of the greatest fellings since Nelson’s Armada of our national woodlands by a largely unnecessary train line that will carve its way through…

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