October 17, 2018

New leaf for historic tree

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An historic tree that had to be chopped down has turned over a new leaf – after being made into a magical-themed artwork. The grand old oak on Melbourne Road, Stocksbridge, thought to be 270 years old, was earmarked for a city-wide felling programme to the dismay of residents who launched a campaign. Council bosses said it was badly diseased and presented a risk to the public and it was removed by the Streets Ahead highways improvement team. But the tree will now live on in the community after the trunk was turned into an intricate sculpture and bench by…

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Street Trees Are a Vital Part of our Urban Landscape

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One of the most profound positive impacts you can have on an urban landscape is planting street trees. Trees planted alongside roads make roads safer, have huge positive environmental impacts, and, of course, are aesthetically pleasing. Some of the key benefits to street trees are directly related to local issues. Our roads and our river are two of the most important issues we deal with as a community. Streets shaded by a tree canopy last much longer the streets that aren’t, and street trees absorb a substantial amount of water, helping keep it out of rivers and streams. Dan Burden, who is…

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Recently-discovered Moth Poses Potential Threat in Scotland

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Forestry Commission Scotland is stepping up its precautionary surveillance of a comparatively recently discovered moth in Scotland until more is known about its status and its potential to cause extensive damage to pine trees in current and predicted future Scottish conditions. The move aims to contain the geographic range of the pine tree lappet moth which, although widespread in mainland Europe, was first found to be breeding in Britain after the first sighting in 2004, near Kiltarlity, just west of Inverness. The caterpillars feed mainly on Scots pine needles and have the potential, if present in sufficiently large numbers, to…

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LTOA Announce New Executive Committee

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The London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) have announced a new Executive Committee. Richard Edwards, Tree and Woodland Officer for the London Borough of Croydon, will take up the position of Chair, while John Parker, Arboriculture and Landscape Manager for Transport for London will hold the position of Vice Chair. Committee members include Jake Tibbetts (Islington), Dave Lofthouse (Merton), Andy Tipping (Barnet), Oliver Stutter (Southwark), Rupert Bentley-Walls (Hackney), Barbara Milne (Westminster), Gary Meadowcroft (Southwark), Paul Akers (Westminster), Colleen O’Sullivan (Camden) and Lawrence Usherwood (Brent). Richard Edwards, new chair of the LTOA said: “I am hoping to concentrate on maximising the benefits…

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Welcome for re-opening of forestry scheme

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Premier Woodlands’ Managing Director John Hetherington has welcomed the re-opening of the Forestry Challenge Scheme, claiming that the measure will provide a degree of certainty for the private woodland sector during the 2014/15 planting season. “It is a welcome development which will encourage farmers to consider planting out five hectare plus blocks of land,” he added. “Successful applicants will receive up to 70% of 
eligible costs of delivery of their project over the first five years. Farmers converting land from agriculture will be eligible to apply for the annual Farm Woodland Premium Scheme. “They will also be able to retain their…

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Council to carry out cutting trees

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Trees in several Henley roads will be cut back over the next few weeks. Tree surgeons employed by Oxfordshire County Council have already carried out work in St Mark’s Road, St Andrew’s Road, Reading Road and Hamilton Avenue. David Nimmo Smith, cabinet member for the environment and a Henley councillor, said: “They are cutting pavement trees, base growth and low branches to tidy up the pavements and make it easier to push buggies and things like that.”

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Is this the best tree in Wales?

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A 770-year-old oak and a horse chestnut on the A5, are among the nominations in a hunt to find Wales’s favourite tree. The Woodland Trust is asking the public to vote, not for the most beautiful tree, but for the one that brings a community together the best. Amongst those nominated is The Bryn Gwalia Oak, which stands in the grounds of Bryn Gwalia Primary School in Mold. This Pedunculate Oak is estimated to be approximately 770 years old, making it a contemporary of Llywellyn Ap Gruffydd and King Edward I. The tree predates everything around it and has therefore become…

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Residents have say on felling of Giant Redwood trees

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More than 70 people have taken part in a consultation on the future of dozens of huge trees in a Leicester street. The city council is considering felling a number of Giant Redwoods in Pine Tree Avenue, Humberstone. Officials said the roots of the 70ft-high, 150-year-old Sequoias were damaging houses and pavements. The authority has already had to pay £85,000 to homeowners for their properties to be underpinned and has set aside a further £300,000 for future claims.   It may replace the felled redwoods with mature pine trees.   The trees, which once lined the drive to the now demolished Humberstone Hall,…

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Plant free trees to grow local history in Lincolnshire

The Woodland Trust is giving people in Lincolnshire the chance to grow their own history by planting free trees, as part of a national campaign to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The Trust is giving away free trees to community groups and schools who not only want to create a lasting legacy for those involved in the war, but also improve their local area. Mr John Tucker, the Woodland Trust’s woodland creation director, said: “We’ve already had a fantastic response to our campaign with 5,130 trees already being planted in Lincolnshire this year. “I would urge anyone…

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Tree cutting Tree cutting

Trees in several Henley roads will be cut back over the next few weeks. Tree surgeons employed by Oxfordshire County Council have already carried out work in St Mark’s Road, St Andrew’s Road, Reading Road and Hamilton Avenue. David Nimmo Smith, cabinet member for the environment and a Henley councillor, said: “They are cutting pavement trees, base growth and low branches to tidy up the pavements and make it easier to push buggies and things like that.” Trees in several Henley roads will be cut back over the next few weeks. Tree surgeons employed by Oxfordshire County Council have already…

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