November 19, 2017

New £5 million fund to create and restore woodlands


£5 million will be invested in woodlands through the spine of England, from London to the West Midlands, following today’s launch of the HS2 Woodland Fund. The fund will be invested in woodlands between London and the West Midlands. As part of the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd is creating a network of new wildlife habitats along the route. This includes around 7 million new trees and shrubs on the first phase of the railway. In addition to this extensive tree planting programme, a separate fund has been established to help local landowners create…

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Springwatch Unsprung presenter Lindsey Chapman launches Tree for Learning in Salford


60,000 trees will be planted with 350 Greater Manchester primary schools over the next four years City of Trees – the charitable organisation re-invigorating Greater Manchester’s landscape by planting a tree for every man, woman and child – has begun the process of planting 60,000 trees with 350 local primary schools. With the help of 250 children and 50 staff children at St Charles RC Primary School in Swinton, the initiative  was launched today with the help of Springwatch Unsprung presenter Lindsey Chapman. This project is part of the DEFRA backed project to plant 1million trees with primary schools, across the UK…

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Landmark Tree Conference calls for urgent tree planting to avert climate change


Planting trees is more vital than ever, an eclectic gathering of 130 scientists, environmentalists, tree experts, project leaders and multifarious tree lovers concurred at The Tree Conference in Glastonbury on Saturday, 4 November. Despite the widely converging views of those attending the event at the Red Brick Building, all were united by a common call to action – to plant more trees. Conference organiser Suzi Martineau said: “The day brought a huge range of sometimes conflicting perspectives but we all reached the same conclusion for the wellbeing of our children and future generations. With UK planting rates currently averaging just…

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Isuzu launches 0% finance offers on its Grafter 3.5tonne tipper models


To celebrate being named the ‘Best Builder’s Truck’ for the sixth year running by leading UK business van magazine ‘Trade Van Driver’, Isuzu Truck UK has launched a 0% finance deal for its Grafter N35.120T twin rear wheeled tipper models, with 50 of these Grafters being made instantly available to customers on a limited first come, first serve basis. As part of the incentive deal, there are two 0% finance options available, covering either a three-year or four-year period respectively, with the deals being available from all the company’s  nationwide network of sales dealers. VAT, Road Fund Licence and document…

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200-year-old sycamore in Kirkwall to undergo preservation work


The 200-year-old sycamore, which stands on Albert Street, will undergo crown reduction and thinning work, which will prune the tree back, from today, Monday. This follows on from an expert survey of the tree which found that, although the tree was flourishing, its canopy was becoming too heavy for the main part of the tree to hold up, presenting a risk of branches breaking off. The work being carried out this week will also reduce the amount of foliage and allow more light through. The tree was recently shortlisted in the Woodland Trust’s ‘Scotland’s Tree of the Year Awards’. The work will…

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Leicester trees to be felled for a new cycle lane


Campaigners say it is unacceptable and unnecessary to fell 18 trees to create a new cycle lane along Leicester’s London Road. The city council has said the trees, on the edge of Victoria Park, may have to be removed as part of their £2.9 million plans to put a two way cycle lane and a widened footpath along the A6 into the city centre. The council says it would replant any felled trees nearby but the Leicester Civic Society has said the loss of the mature specimens would have a harmful environmental impact. Civic society chairman Stuart Bailey said: “The loss of any…

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Elm trees with Dutch elm disease given a second chance in Brighton


Elm trees from Preston Park which fell victim to Dutch elm disease are being given a new lease of life by being reused as cladding for a new building in Stanmer Park. The building, known as the kiosk, will house cycle hire, an information centre and toilets as part of the Stanmer Park Restoration Project. Last week, students from Plumpton College set up a portable milling machine in the grounds of Stanmer Park and, along with Cityparks staff from Brighton and Hove City Council, began the task of ‘planking’ – creating the new building material. When the elms are sawn…

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Team GB battle world’s best at STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships


The British STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® team had their sharpened axes and saws at the ready as they jet off to Norway to battle the best lumberjacks on the planet at the 13th annual STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships in Lillehammer on 3 and 4 November. The two day competition, featuring both team and individual events, saw more than 100 athletes from 23 countries slice and dice their way through tree trunks across six axe, saw and chainsaw disciplines to be crowned the best lumberjack in the world. The British STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® team will be joining logger sports athletes from all over the…

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Community coppicing social enterprise scoops £10,000 funding pot

Greenwood Twiggs has been awarded the TD GreenStreets grant to help create a hectare of coppice woodland in Bury, Greater Manchester. The project, which will be run across two sites, will involve working with local community groups and schools to create new woodland used for coppicing, an ancient woodland management technique and part of our cultural heritage. Greenwood Twiggs is a social enterprise who manages a number of woodlands across the region, bringing unmanaged and unloved urban habitats back into use benefitting both people and the environment. The project secured a £10,000 grant from TD Green Streets – a grant…

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Epping Forest celebrates 800th anniversary of Forest Charter

On 6 November, Epping Forest and the City of London Corporation, which manages the ancient woodland, will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the UK’s 1217 Forest Charter – the sister statute to the Magna Carta – which re-established and protected the rights of ordinary people to make a living from common land. Philip Woodhouse, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Epping Forest Committee, said: “The Charter continues to have far reaching consequences nationally, even to this day. By restoring the legitimacy of the forests, the Forest Charter, which was a part of UK legislation until 1971, has left…

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