November 19, 2017

PSD announce exciting launch of new wood series chipper from TS Industrie

PSD Groundscare, the leading distributor of AS Motor, Eliet, Koppl and TS Industrie professional groundscare machinery, are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the new WS/16-35D chipper from innovative manufacturer TS Industrie.  TS Industrie completes its wood chippers range with the arrival of the new WS/16-35D which will be launched in the UK at this years Confor Woodland Show on 7th & 8th September. The launch of this new Chipper demonstrates TS Industrie’s determination to be a major player in this market segment and re-acting on customer feedback. Stéphane Courtois, TS Industrie Sales & Marketing Director explains: “In the…

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Project brings rare black poplar tree back to Sheffield

A project is underway to bring one of the UK’s rarest native trees back to Sheffield. The black poplar is a declining species and, according to the Forestry Commission, is the country’s most endangered timber tree. There are fewer than 1,000 mature trees in the wild, in the UK, and they are most prevalent in areas such as Cheshire, Somerset and East Anglia. As there are so few black poplars left, it is unlikely they will pollinate each other and therefore unlikely that more trees will grow naturally. The species is also prone to fungal diseases. But now, a community…

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GreenMech to showcase new Arborist 150p at Saltex 2017


Saltex 2017 has GreenMech’s new Arborist 150p on show for the very first time, as well as showcasing a number of their most popular woodchippers.  The GreenMech team will also be on hand to discuss the many aspects of the company’s extensive range of professional chippers on stand H075. Developed in response to the upcoming changes to emissions legislation effective from 2019, the new Arborist 150p is the latest addition to GreenMech’s popular Arborist range and offers a cost-effective alternative to diesel powered models. Fitted with a 37hp Briggs & Straton Petrol engine, it can offer comparable performance to the…

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A woodland owners guide to chainsaw safety


By Paul George Chainsaws are vital tools in the forestry and landscaping industries. Arborists, gardeners, tree surgeons and even conservationists use them for felling trees, clearing undergrowth and brush, cutting firewood and countless other purposes. Woodland owners and forestry workers would be lost without them, but chainsaws can be dangerous and should be treated with respect. In this guide we’re going to take a look at chainsaw safety. We’ll begin with the number one prerequisite for anyone using a chainsaw, and that’s training. Chainsaw Training You need training as well as a certain level of physical fitness to use a…

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Historic row of London horse chestnuts to be felled


One of London’s most historic rows of horse chestnuts is set to be felled because it poses a “public threat” — but campaigners claim there is nothing wrong with them. Wandsworth council plans to chop down 54 trees on picturesque Chestnut Avenue, which has graced Tooting Common for up to 150 years. It claims they are dangerous due to old age and disease. But one of Britain’s leading tree risk assessors says almost all are perfectly safe. Local MP Rosena Allin-Khan claims the council is being “economical with the truth about the health of the trees” and more than 5,000 people have…

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Radnor Forest trail shut to fell diseased trees


A Powys forest trail and car park has been shut for felling work after trees became diseased. It is designed to slow the spread of the Phytophthora ramorum fungus at Radnor Forest, near Llandrindod Wells, Work is due to start on Monday affecting Fishpools car park and forest trail. Natural Resources Wales said it aimed to reopen the area as soon as possible. Information on the Forestry Commission website says about the fungus: “Phytophthora ramorum (P. ramorum) is a a fungus-like pathogen called a water mould. It causes extensive damage and death to a wide range of trees and other plants. “The generic name for…

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City of Trees to host seminar to explore the importance of greening our city region


The free seminar is supported by leading development partnership Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group, and will be held on Tuesday 19 September 2017 at the Great Northern in Manchester City Centre The morning event will run from 8:30am – 12pm and is aimed at those involved in planning, regeneration as well as landscape architects, developers and built environment professionals. The session will explore the role Green Infrastructure (GI) plays in creating sustainable and economically viable urban areas and will see a range of speakers make the case for why and how GI needs to be an integral component of…

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Timing of UK budburst ‘significantly related’ to average March temperature


A collaborative study between the Met Office and Woodland Trust has revealed that the timing of UK budburst for nine out of the eleven tree species studied is significantly related to average temperature in March, with considerable variations in the magnitude of the temperature responses between species and regions. The study found that a 1 °C lower (or higher) temperature during March was associated with later (or earlier) budburst of between three days for alder in the south-east and six days for European larch in the north-east. These results back up earlier studies revealing an overall long-term trend of earlier…

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Welsh Government issues ‘very positive’ response to forestry report


Confor has promised to step up its work to revitalise the forestry sector in Wales after a “very positive” response to a new report by the Welsh Government. Martin Bishop, Confor Wales Manager, wrote to Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths after the publication of the Branching Out report by the Welsh Assembly’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs committee. Confor called on the Cabinet Secretary to implement the thirteen recommendations of the report, beginning with a call to “significantly increase planting rates” incorporating commercial forestry. Mr Bishop said: “I was very pleased to receive such a prompt reply…

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Experts at the Forestry Commission are predicting longer autumn colour


A dry spring followed by a soggy summer for some could mean an extended autumn display, say experts at Forestry Commission England. Trees need a healthy balance of sunlight and rain to produce sugars, which create the colour in their leaves. Met Office data shows we experienced a warm and dry spring, which will have slowed down their sugar production. However, the wet summer has helped trees to catch up and should result in a stunning display, even if it comes slightly later than normal. Maple species could kick off this year’s show, with beeches and oaks giving the nation…

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