August 16, 2018

ClimateTrees.EU: Urban tree species selection in a changing climate


How can we organise this in the chain? These questions will be answered at the ClimateTrees symposium! Which tree species and cultivars are most resistant to future climate change? This question and more will be answered at the international Climate Trees symposium on Wednesday 20 June at Batouwe Nurseries in Dodewaard, the Netherlands. The chain – from breeders to growers, tree technicians and architects – should know what species and cultivars are most suitable for future cities. Vertical knowledge sharing is therefore crucial. At the Climate Trees symposium, publisher NWST brings international stakeholders together to discuss the following themes: Which…

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Urban Forest and Pest Management: A Canadian Perspective


A seminar with Philip van Wassenaer and Alexander Satel, 30 April 2018 Report by Colin Hambidge The series of seminars hosted by Barcham Trees at its Ely, Cambridgeshire, nursery assumed an international flavour in late April when Philip van Wassenaer and Alexander Satel from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, presented to an audience of tree officers, arborists, landscape architects, designers, private contractors and tree managers. Philip founded his company Urban Forest Innovations Inc in 1994, having started his professional life as an arborist, while Alex began in traditional forestry. Philip and Alex share almost three decades of experience in developing urban forest…

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GreenMechs’ new Arb150 petrol model ticks all the boxes for Wiltshire Countryside Services


Wiltshire Countryside Services have become the latest company to purchase an Arb 150p from GreenMech. For Owner Adam Lonsdale, his decision was swayed not only by the build quality and back-up service available from GreenMech compared to the alternatives available in the current market, but also by the superior performance of this petrol version. Founded in 2014, Wiltshire Countryside Services provide a variety of arboricultural and forestry services to domestic and commercial customers alike. “We were getting more and more problems with our previous chipper and ended up spending out more than what the machine was worth!” explains Adam. When…

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Xylella 30 Day Action Plan


Due to the threat of Xylella fastidiosa and the potential devastation it poses to the horticultural industry the HTA has created a 30-day action plan. Through initiatives such as education and sharing best practice, the HTA want to continue to increase awareness of Xylella and help reduce the threat of it being introduced into the United Kingdom. Over the next 30 days, the HTA is increasing its communications to both HTA members and non-members, producing Xylella Guidance Toolkits for business to educate themselves, their staff and consumers. These materials can then also be used to hold cluster meetings within their…

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Brexit and biosecurity


The UK’s biosecurity threat There has been an increase in the rate at which harmful plant pests and diseases have become established in the UK. Diseases such as ash dieback and those caused by Phytophthora, and pests such as box tree moth and horse chestnut leaf miner are causing significant changes to our landscape and horticultural practices. The risk of new plant pests and diseases being introduced is associated with the longterm trend of increasing volume and speed of movement of traded plants and other material, imported from an expanding variety of sources. UK imports of live plants, foliage, branches,…

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Först competition winner scoops brand new ST6 P


Tony Dighton of T.D Environmental Services has walked away with a brand new Först ST6 P woodchipper after being crowned the lucky winner of the manufacturer’s ‘Win a Chipper’ competition. The competition saw tree surgeons, contractors and arborists alike entered into a prize draw after purchasing a Först t-shirt. With hundreds of entries, the Mayor of Andover, Hampshire was on hand to announce the 22 year-old as the overall winner. Tony said: “To say I’m over the moon to win a brand new Först woodchipper is a bit of an understatement! My business has been operating for nearly three years…

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The 2018 ARB Show, sponsored by STIHL


For the 14 th year running, STIHL will be sponsoring the ARB Show, and we can’t wait for the annual celebration of the science of trees. It’s the 20 th anniversary of the event and it looks set to be another tree-mendous year for the UK’s most popular arborist trade fair, which takes place on 11 and 12 May 2018! The new MS 462 C-M, the lightest high-performance saw in its class.The STIHL demo arena atof the ARB Show is the place to go to see new saws in action, including the new MS 462 C-M, the lightest high-performance saw…

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Network Rail’s tree felling operation to “dwarf” that of Sheffield


In an exclusive article published by the Guardian this weekend, it has been revealed that Network Rail are planning on felling millions of trees in a secretive nationwide felling operation. The Guardian noted at the target of the operation will “dwarf” the tree felling operation that has caused such controversy and recently been halted in Sheffield. Thousands of poplars, sycamores, limes, ash trees and horse chestnuts have already been chopped down across the country, with 10m trees outlined for further destruction. The 10m trees to become the next victims of the operation have been outlined in a Network Rail blueprint…

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Barcham’s latest free publication facilitates tree species selection


A new 36-page publication entitled Species Selection: A Guide to Informed Decision Making from Barcham Trees is to be launched at the Arboricultural Association’s annual “Arb Show”, which takes place on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May 2018 at Westonbirt The National Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Available free-of-charge to tree-care professionals, Species Selection is the result of many months’ work by Barcham director and the Association’s chairman Keith Sacre.  It considers site constraints, tolerances, hardiness, ecosystem services and aesthetics, and includes useful tables of trees for quick reference in the field. “When it comes to selection, there is never just one…

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Först to showcase latest petrol machines at the Arb Show


Stand C13 Först, a leading supplier of high performance and robust woodchippers, will be showcasing its latest fuel efficient, petrol powered machines at this year’s Arb Show at Westonbirt National Arboretum. At the heart of the stand will be Först’s ST6 P woodchipper, a six-inch capacity machine that is powered by a 37hp V twin petrol engine, meaning the woodchipper not only weighs under 750kg, but also meets Stage V emissions regulations coming into force in 2019. Powered by the same engine, the TR6 P will also be showcased on stand, highlighting the efficiency benefits of the new petrol driven…

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