August 16, 2018

Calling all arborists – The 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2018 awards are open for entries


Join the exclusive club of award-winning individuals recognised for their contribution to the arboriculture industry. Enter the only awards heralding young talent within the arboriculture industry. Winning a 30 Under 30: The Next Generation award offers up-and-coming arborists a vast range of benefits including; industry recognition, networking opportunities, and coverage in Pro Arb magazine. You can nominate either yourself of a colleague for these esteemed awards if you or they were 30-years-old or younger on 1 January 2018 and work within any aspect of the arboriculture industry. Entries close 1 September 2018. Find out full details here, or download your…

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New street trees unveiled along A56 as part of regeneration scheme


20 trees including cherry, field maple and sweetgum have been planted as part of a £2 million Bury New Road regeneration programme. As part of the Bury Council led programme the new street trees have been planted to help tackle surface water flooding, as well as improve the look and feel of the area. The trees have been planted in partnership with charity City of Trees which aims to plant 3 million trees over a generation – one for every man, woman and child in Greater Manchester. The high impact street trees form just part of the improvement works with…

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Grants for Peatlands Restoration


A new injection of £10m of government money will help restore more than 10,000 football pitches-worth of England’s iconic peatlands. Peat bogs and fens are important habitats that provide food and shelter for wildlife, help with flood management, improve water quality and play a part in climate regulation. The new funding will help deliver commitments in the Government’s flagship 25 Year Environment Plan to create a new ambitious framework for peat restoration in England. The total area of 6,580 hectares of upland and lowland peatlands that these grants will support work on is equivalent to 10,613 football pitches. The work will be…

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Green space generates £34bn in health benefits says FIT


Latest research from the charity group Fields in Trust (FIT) has revealed how parks and green spaces across the UK provide over £34bn in health and wellbeing benefits. The report calculates that parks provide a total economic value to each person in the UK of just over £30 per year. The actual benefits come in the form of people enjoying greater life satisfaction including both improved physical and mental health. Helen Griffiths, CEO of Field in Trust said “Parks and green spaces saved the NHS at least £111m per year through prevented GP visits – enough to pay for more than 3,500 nurses”….

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Chilean tree expert in awe of Eden’s thriving monkey puzzle forest


The Eden Project’s work in preserving celebrated monkey puzzle trees as well as many other Chilean species has been praised by acclaimed documentary maker and author Rodrigo Fernandez, who has just published a definitive guide to trees from his home country growing abroad. Rows of monkey puzzles and other Chilean plants are thriving on a quiet south-facing hillside just outside the former china clay quarry, home to Eden’s world-famous Biomes. The Chilean arboretum was planted around the time Eden opened in 2001 as part of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Conifer Conservation Programme. It was visited by Rodrigo during a…

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ICF: Doing it differently in forestry


Over 330 professionals descended on the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 2-3 May, for the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ flagship national conference. Delegates at the two-day conference on innovation heard from an exceptional selection of both UK and international speakers on a wide range of subjects setting out what the future may hold and how the forestry sector can prepare for it. The conference offered an opportunity for delegates to learn about innovation in forestry through a real mix of sessions from the power of using real time-data, biotechnology, the circular economy, radar, thermal imagery, machine learning, drones and much…

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Forestry sector calls for post-Brexit discussion on land use, not farming


A thriving and sustainable future for the UK countryside after Brexit demands a fresh approach to land use policy and funding that recognises much more than just farming. That was the central focus of Confor’s response to the UK Government’s consultation, Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment, which closes today. The detailed response – Confor’s 5th policy document on how Brexit might affect the UK’s £2 billion forestry and wood-using sector – followed consultation with members about what they wanted the future rural landscape to look like. Another key point in Confor’s response was the…

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Woodland Trust launches Tree Tools for Schools


A growing desire from schools to plant trees has led the Woodland Trust to launch a new resource for teachers. The resource, Tree Tools for Schools, goes hand in hand with a scheme funded in 2016 by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) which will provide 100,000 trees a year to state funded primary schools in England by 2020. There’s an interactive planning tool, games, quizzes and printable worksheets, all aimed at making lesson planning a doddle. There’s also a section on after care including a simulation showing how the trees will grow over ten years and…

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ARB Show 2018 – The 20th Anniversary Spectacular


Click here or Search Arb Show 2018 in your app store to download the App. This year will see a celebration of 20 years of the Arb Show with a feast of activities for all ages and interests. The Arb Association have a fantastic line up of Exhibitors for the anniversary event, stands sold out in record time. Without our Exhibitors we wouldn’t have made it to 20 so please support them by visiting all the stands. Download the app for a full timetable of all the activities and demonstrations, along with a sitemap and a list of exhibitors listed…

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Först XR8 enhances efficiency at Total Tree Solutions UK


Total Tree Solutions UK Ltd is reaping the benefits of enhanced efficiencies through its use of a fleet of Först XR8 woodchipper’s, where the machines innovative Traxion Embankment System enables the arboriculture specialists to complete rail trackside and highway vegetation management more effectively. Total Tree Solutions UK started out as a one-man operation in 2005 and the business has since continued to grow year-on-year. Now employing 15 staff, Total Tree Solutions UK has positioned itself as one of the leading arboriculture contractors, specialising in rail, highways, utilites, construction, commercial, industrial and forestry sectors. Richard Sanders, Managing Director and founder of…

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