January 22, 2018

Barcham plans for arboretum and visitor centre given green light by council planning committee


Barcham Trees, the Cambridgeshire nursery which has provided more than a million instant-impact trees for the urban environment in Britain, has been given the go-ahead by East Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Committee for the development of an arboretum, lake, visitor centre, restaurant and shopping area on part of its 300-acre site adjacent to the A142 between Ely and Soham. This unique and exciting development will create up to 40 new jobs. The company, which is the largest container tree nursery in Europe, had support from a range of interests, including East Cambridgeshire’s tourism office and Soham Town Council. A report…

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Refugees and asylum seekers help plant 700 trees in Yorkshire Dales


Young saplings have been planted in a new area of woodland near the town of Settle, with the help of refugees and asylum seekers from Darwen Asylum Seekers and Refugee Enterprise and staff from service company Serco. The initiative has been organised by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust charity. Refugees from Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Nigeria, who are all current service users of Dare, came out to plant native species on the site. Species included: oak, holly, hawthorn, bird cherry and crab apple. Among more than 500 people have benefited from the longstanding partnership between Dare and YDMT so…

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Extend post Brexit incentives to existing woodlands


The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has welcomed Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s plans post Brexit to incentivise farmers who enhance the natural environment, including planting trees but warns incentives must also include bringing existing woods back into management as well as to planting new woods. The RFS also welcomes plans for a £2bn Northern Forest as part of the upcoming 25 year Environment Plan. RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd said: “Mr Gove’s announcements are in line with recommendations by the EFRA Forestry in England Inquiry to increase the rate of woodland creation and to simplify grants and incentives. However, In England…

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Government give go-ahead for new 50 million tree Northern Forest


The Woodland Trust and The Community Forest Trust plan to create an exciting new Northern Forest that will comprise over 50 million trees over 25 years and will stretch from Liverpool across to Hull with the M62 as its spine, has received Government backing this morning. The project will embrace the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Chester and Hull as well as major towns across the north. It will deliver major environmental, social and economic benefits that complement the significant growth, investment and new infrastructure that is planned for the north of England. The Northern Forest will both…

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Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, reacts to Michael Gove’s post-Brexit speech


Reacting to Michael Gove’s speech to the Oxford Farming Conference today, Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of forestry and timber trade body Confor, said: “Confor welcomes Michael Gove’s confirmation that, post-Brexit, we can do things differently, and more sustainably, in our rural areas. “There is scope for our land to deliver more for society and for the environment, and Mr Gove’s speech recognised that, with specific mention of planting more trees as part of a new direction – away from the Common Agricultural Policy and towards a broader natural capital approach. “There is scope for all to benefit from a new way of working – farmers,…

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3fD release details of their new XR8 Traxion woodchipper for Först


Product design company 3fD (3form Design) have released details of their latest product: XR8 Traxion, a high performance woodchipper for Först that’s been specially designed to navigate sloped, rugged surfaces where other heavy machinery struggles. The 3fD team integrated hydraulic legs into the design to allow it to operate in challenging terrain, such as man-made railway embankments, and carefully designed it to deliver remarkable quality, strength and reliability without compromising on aesthetics or brand. Först operate in a market that’s generally lacking in brand awareness and saw this as an opportunity to help them grow their brand recognition. 3fD’s design…

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Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant opens for applications


As of Tuesday 2 January 2018, applicants can apply for the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant – a scheme to help landowners reap the environmental and financial benefits of woodland creation. The grant is open to all qualifying land managers. Successful applicants will receive a two-year capital grant of up to £6,800 per hectare, as well as an opportunity to apply for annual maintenance payments for ten years. Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “Planting trees is one of the best ways we can invest in our environment for future generations. They provide a haven for wildlife, reduce flood risk and improve water…

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Local MP helps plant 50 trees at a York nature reserve


A recent tree planting event in St Nicks Nature Reserve in York saw volunteers and staff from a local charity, employees from energy firm Octopus Energy and York Central MP Rachel Maskell to plant 50 trees. Octopus Energy’s wider initiative was launched in early 2017 to plant 1,000 trees in community spaces and schools across the country. St Nicks Nature Reserve sits on a former landfill site, which closed in the 1970s and capped with clay. The energy firm provided a variety of Hawthorne, Maple, Holly and Hazel. Jonathan Dent, St Nicks Nature Reserve manager, said: “As an Octopus Energy…

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Snickers’ New FLEXIWork Floorlayers Work Trousers


The Ultimate solution for working on your knees – delivering optimal freedom of movement and long-lasting durability. Available this spring, Snickers’ new Floorlayers Work Trousers and the patented Knee Guard System combine very effectively to deliver the ultimate solution for working safely and in comfort on your knees. These new and innovative trousers take the best features, fabrics and functionality from Snickers’ new FLEXIWork range and combine them with the best of the classic Floorlayer trouser. With an advanced body-mapping design, they’re made from the highly durable Ripstop fabric with a ‘mechanical stretch’, providing great flexibility, comfort and advanced functionality….

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Vicar protests poisoned tree removal, accusing residents of vandalism


Reverend Chris Colledge has resigned as the chair of the residents association, in protest of the removal of two poisoned trees. The vicar’s resignation is the latest development in a story of two poisoned trees in West Cliff, Bournemouth. Saplings have been sabotages and two mature trees have been drilled into and poisoned in an attack that some believe has been committed by homeowners in a bid to improve their sea view. Reverend Chris Colledge said that by taking down the dishevelled, rotting trees, they would be playing right into the culprit’s hands. “It would appear the majority of residents…

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