November 19, 2017



Green-tech has had a busy start to the year and have recently unveiled their new collateral – three new catalogues and their latest Growing News newsletter. Catalogues have been launched for gtSpecifier, the urban landscape specification arm of the business; Green-tree soils, the soil division and John Chambers Wildflower seed, their newly acquired wildflower seed business. Gtspecifier is targeted at Architects and Specifers and is packed with product information, site photographs and technical drawings. The John Chambers range of over 1000 wildflower seeds is profiled in the new Wildflower Seed Selector catalogue and is being met with huge interest. Seeds include…

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Dangerous trees felled in Weddington


DISEASE-ridden trees are in Nuneaton are finally being felled. As reported in the News, several horse chestnuts in Coronation Walk in Weddington were found to have canker. Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s parks and countryside team started work to fell them several weeks ago but were only able to two before bad weather struck. But yesterday specialist tree surgeons re-started their work to bring down five more disease-ridden trees. It is the latest in what has been a cull of trees across the town due to canker, which can spread rapidly and deteriorate the tree. The decision was made by the…

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Carbon Gold and Bartlett Tree Experts are warning of an impending outbreak of lethal tree diseases in the wake of Britain’s widespread flooding as soils remain saturated. As flood waters recede, trees have been left struggling in waterlogged, compacted soil that has been stripped of essential nutrients. These terrible growing conditions will inevitably affect tree health, leaving them more susceptible to disease. A soil amendment known as ‘biochar’ has been shown to be a key tool for protecting trees from fatal tree diseases such as Phytophthora. Phytophthora has already wiped out swathes of UK forests and variants of the disease…

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Villagers plant seven trees to remember seven soldiers


Villagers plant seven trees to remember the seven soldiers who never came home from war. Seven trees have been planted to remember seven soldiers who from a village who gave their lives in the First World War. A plaque was also unveiled today to go alongside the trees in Manor Road, Barton-in-Fabis, while seven bird boxes have been built and placed around the village. It has all been done to remember villagers James Adams, Frederick Atkinson, Thomas Brogdale, Albert Priestley, John Towers, Arthur North and Harry Pepper. All of them came from the village, near Clifton, and all lost their lives…

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Glendale awarded major London arboriculture contract


Green services company Glendale has secured an £810,000 arboriculture contract with the London Borough of Hillingdon. The company’s specialists will provide a full range of arboriculture services during the three year contract, which has the option of being extended for a further two years. Glendale will manage Hillingdon’s arboriculture requirements which include tree surgery, felling, pruning, stump grinding and decay detection across the borough’s 200 green spaces and urban locations. John McKenna, Glendale’s operations manager for London and the South East, said: “We have a comprehensive plan in place to deliver this contract with high standards and professionalism. It is…

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Makita’s New 4-Stroke Telescopic Pole Chainsaw Extends To 5 Metres


The latest professional pole-saw recently added to the expanding Makita Outdoor Power Equipment range extends telescopically to enable branches up to five metres above ground to be lopped with ease. The new Makita EY2650H pole expands from 2.72-metres to 3.92-metres making this the longest pole-saw on the market. The aluminium outer pole tube is 35mm in diameter with 2mm wall thickness. This rugged construction minimises the pole flexing, thus giving the greatest possible chain bar stability and overall control of the pole-saw in action. The 25.5cm guide bar carries 3/8” pitch ½” chain that will run up to 21m/s. The…

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Birmingham City Council has signed up to full membership of the new global green cities group – the Biophilic Cities Network. Making the announcement at the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ recent Trees, People and the Built Environment (TPBE II) conference, the council’s climate change and sustainability manager Nick Grayson explained that the Biophilic Cities Network comprises eight ‘pioneer cities’, all of which are at various stages of a ‘transformative journey from 19th or 20th century cities to new global 21st century cities; measuring their future success on their local and global imprint, on ecosystems and well-being’. The Biophilic Cities Network…

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Public asked to help survey health of ash trees using AshTag


The Living Ash Project is asking members of the public to report information about the health of ash trees. They are especially interested in those that may have some tolerance to the disease that is threatening Britain’s second most common broadleaved tree – Chalara ash dieback. The Living Ash Project aims to identify trees that are tolerant to ash dieback. There are an estimated 120 million ash trees in Britain’s woodlands and hedgerows. Evidence from Denmark, where Chalara ash dieback is more prevalent, indicates that approximately 1% of trees show good tolerance to the disease. While tolerant trees may regenerate…

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Fallen Pontfadog oak gene plan moves a step forward

Pontfadog oak

Plans to clone a 1,200-year-old Pontfadog oak tree which was toppled by strong winds a year ago have taken a step forward. Tree experts have successfully grafted cuttings from the Pontfadog Oak, which was reputed to be one of the UK’s oldest and largest oaks. The cuttings were taken with the aim of creating a genetic match for the tree, near Chirk, in Wrexham county. Legend says the tree, which came down on 18 April 2013, was once a meeting point for a medieval Welsh prince. Owain Gwynedd is said to have met his troops under the tree in the…

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Civic Trees

Civic Trees, part of the national green spaces company Glendale, is undertaking a major urban tree planting project in the London borough of Brent. The £25,000 contract for the planting programme is with Brent Council and forms part of the council’s plans for enhancing the A5 Cricklewood Broadway. 39 London plane (Platanus x acerifolia) trees have so far been planted along the route in specially dug pits designed to help the trees bed in and protect the underground utilities. Each pit is designed to fit exactly in the space allowed and has been filled with top soil.  The trees have…

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