December 15, 2018

Tree planting in UK ‘must double to tackle climate change’


Tree planting must double by 2020 as part of radical changes to land use in the UK, according to the government’s advisers on climate change. New forests would lock up carbon but also help to limit the more frequent floods expected with global warming. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said land currently used to produce food would need to be converted to woodland, growing crops to produce energy and for new homes to accommodate the growing population. Up to 17% of cropland and 30% of grassland could be converted, the report says. Protecting and restoring peatland, a huge store of carbon,…

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The Woodland Trust new scheme helps protect trees from pests and diseases

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The Woodland Trust is asking people across the UK to make sure any trees put into the ground are from – and have been grown on – home soil. The charity has created an accreditation scheme to highlight nurseries selling UK trees. This new scheme means that tree planters and garden lovers can make sure saplings have come from a safe source. This ensure they will not be contributing to the spread of pests and diseases from other countries.   Between the years 1970 and 2013, 267 introduced plant pathogens became established in Great Britain. Two thirds of these were native to…

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Green-tech protect 29,500 trees at East Midlands quarry


Bantycock Quarry, a gypsum quarry operated by Saint-Gobain Formula has recently undergone a tremendous revival to preserve the environment and create an ideal habitat for a diverse range of wildlife. Glendale, a professional green service company who manage and maintain green environments were awarded the contract to regenerate 25 acres of the worked-out quarry area into native countryside. The Project Proposals were developed by landscape architects DRaW (UK) Ltd and agreed with the local authority to encourage biodiversity and enhance the landscape at Saint-Gobain Formula’s Bantycock Gypsum Quarry. Located in Balderton near Newark, this is a key industrial site in…

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Trees planted in memory of war heroes


Trees have been planted near Ramsbury Airfield in memory of those lost at war. Donated by the Woodland Trust, the trees were planted during a service held on Saturday where wreaths were laid, prayers were made and a minute silence was held. A Wing Commander also laid his own wreath against a remembrance tree. Claire Costello, former Froxfield parish councillor, who helped to organise the service said: “Thank you to all those who came and planted trees for Remembrance and making Saturday 10th November a memorable day. “With special thanks to Peter Wilson, the landowner, The Revd. Canon Simon Weeden…

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World War One: Trees planted to honour fallen footballers


Trees commemorating professional footballers who died in World War One have been planted around England and Wales. Most of the 92 clubs in the Premier and Football Leagues are participating in the Football Remembers campaign to mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict’s end. They have been planting groves of trees supplied by the Woodland Trust. The North West of England has always been a hotbed of football, and the region sent some of its finest players off to fight in the trenches. Here we remember some of those who served their country and, in many cases, paid the ultimate…

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How to conduct a tree survey

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Regardless of their number, it remains to be every tree owner’s responsibility to get their trees checked. The more trees they have, especially those in high-risk areas, the higher the responsibility. A Tree survey is of huge importance in not only maintaining safety but also the proper growth and development of new trees, whether they be in small wooded areas or vast forests. A professional arborist can conduct a tree survey on either public or private property. The result gives property owners useful information, so they can decide what to do with the trees and, consequently, their land. The information captured…

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Protected tree felling prosecution


A Beckenham resident who knowingly felled three protected pine trees has been prosecuted.   Peter Clarke of Westgate Road, Beckenham, pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to carrying out prohibiting work. This includes felling, to the protected trees without the written consent of the local authority. He received orders to pay total fines and costs of over £15,000.   Councillor Kate Lymer, executive councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “Householders are responsible for their privately-owned land and its upkeep. This includes their obligations as custodians of trees with preservation orders on them. Enforcement and prosecution is always a last resort. But, when the amenity…

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Arborist Harness Guide


In 2016 the Tree Care Industry Association (TICA) found a total of 92 tree care related fatalities. Of these, the most common injury in 2016 was due to a fall (48 injuries with 26 fatalities) and this trend has remained unchanged since 2013. A 2017 study by The Arboricultural Association found that 60% of practicing arborists considered poor work positioning to be the cause of accidents in the workplace. It should be clear to any arborist that your harness is front and centre in terms of keeping you safe as you perform any type of aerial work. The good news…

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Bonfire guidance for tree waste


There is no law in the UK that specifically bans bonfires in gardens, even in smoke-free zones. But there are laws against causing a public or statutory nuisance, and some restrictions that landscapers should be aware of being lighting a bonfire. If smoke makes its way on to a public highway, it can be classified as a criminal offence in some circumstances and leads to fines. Regularly burning material on private property could also be a nuisance in the eyes of the council, if it causes problems for neighbours. Councils could issue an abatement notice. What to burn on a bonfire A lot of garden waste can be…

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Trees planted at RAU as part of Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

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COTSWOLD MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown joined more than 500 MPs to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. It is a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark the Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. The trees, two silver birch, two rowan, and a hazel were planted in the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester on Friday, November 2. They were donated to Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown thanks to a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV. “I am honoured to have been invited by The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy to plant five trees at The Royal Agricultural University…

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