April 19, 2018

Best in England!


Congratulations to all our Best of England Award and Sylva Cup award winners! We look forward to making the Awards for the forestry and woodlands categories at a ceremony on 9 July. Awards are being presented separately at the schools Full details of the Best of England award winners for Multipurpose woods, Silviculture, Community Woodlands, Small Woodlands, Schools and the Sylva Cup are on the winners and judges page on the RFS website. Details of England’s top Woodlands for Climate Change areavailable here. The judges’ reports will appear in full in the October issue of the Quarterly Journal of Forestry. Best of England…

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Cadets aim to raise £1 million for Centenary Woods Project

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Thousands of young cadets are standing side by side across the UK as they salute the beginning of a £1 million First World War Centenary Woods fundraising challenge. Dozens of army and air cadets gathered among swathes of poppies and wildflowers at Heartwood Forest, near Sandridge in Hertfordshire, to show their backing for a unique project by the Woodland Trust to honour those who fell in the First World War. The determined cadets are aiming to raise more than £1 million through fundraising for the ambitious project which will span the four years of the war centenary. The aim of…

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Scotland’s finest new native woodland celebrated


A forward thinking Ayrshire estate has been awarded the trophy for New Native Woodland in Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards. Over the last 12 years more than 170 hectares (420 acres) of native woodland have been created by Mark Gibson at Craigengillan Estate, alongside over 18 kilometres of hedging. The woodland was one of 60 Diamond Woods created across the UK to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee and local schoolchildren were heavily involved in its creation. Four new woods were commended as good examples of how woodland can enhance other land uses including farming, and also demonstrating that native species…

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Plan to cover 2,700 square miles with woodlands would earn £500m


Creating new woodlands covering an area bigger than Devon could generate £500 million a year – if they are planted in the right place, experts have said. Converting 2,700 square miles of land to forest could deliver valuable benefits such as cleaning water, capturing carbon emissions and providing wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities as well as timber production, University of East Anglia researchers said. But although planting in upland areas is recommended Dartmoor and Exmoor will be off the agenda because covering areas rich in peat with trees dries out the peat and releases carbon into the atmosphere. Planting on…

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60 new jobs created in multi-million pound timber deal


Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has announced 60 full-time jobs will be created in a multi-million-pound contract to supply one of the UK’s largest timber harvesting companies. NRW said the five-year contract with Euroforest will be worth more than £2.5m to them and an estimated £16m to the Welsh economy. And the contract guarantees the supply of 50,000 tonnes of larch annually from Coed y Cymoedd Forest near Neath and will secure almost 60 full-time jobs in the harvesting and haulage industries. The timber will be supplied to a range of existing markets in Wales and the borders with the majority…

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Tree collapses into Torquay garden


A Torquay couple have been left to pick up the pieces after a tree collapsed into their back garden. Eric and Sue Mills, of Hele Road, will have to pay for the removal of the tree, because nobody knows who has responsibility for it. The couple had long feared it would crash towards the house but were told it sits in ‘no man’s land’. Now they fear a second larger tree could fall and cause more serious damage to their home. “I went to Lidl at 9am and when I came back at 10am it was in the garden,” said Eric. “We have been…

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Scientists ask Obama to protect old growth forest


More than 75 U.S. and Canadian scientists have sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for a policy to preserve what remains of America’s old-growth forest. The scientists include two former chiefs of the U.S. Forest Service, Jack Ward Thomas and Mike Dombeck. They say less than 10 percent of the old-growth forest before European settlement is still intact Only fragments remain in the eastern United States and the largest trees in the Pacific Northwest were targeted more than a century ago. The largest extent of remaining old-growth forest is in southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest but faces the…

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‘Tree safety is a matter of balance’ – Arboricultural Association

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In light of recent media coverage on the risks posed by trees in areas of human traffic, the Arboricultural Association have released a message on tree safety, arguing that ‘as with all risks the issue of tree safety is a matter of balance’. The Arboricultural Association represents all those across the industry involved in the nurture and promotion of amenity trees, whether tree surgeons, tree managers in private and local government sectors, or consultants. The UK’s tree stock is often taken for granted, but it requires active maintenance, management and forward planning. Trees are frequently in the news for reasons…

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The pineapple palm tree at Torquay’s gateway disappears and reappears

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Torquay’s infamous pineapple palm tree disappeared from its prominent position at the gateway to the town – only to reappear a few hundred yards down the road. Council workers and contractors moved in to remove the controversial pineapple palm tree on Thursday night. All that was left behind was a bed of boulders at the Kingskerswell roundabout. But then the palm was taken just down the road to a small wild meadow at the Browns Bridge Road junction with Riviera Way. A giant crane was employed to lift the crane into its new home as a team of workers looked…

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Axbridge tree faces axe for being ‘too big’


A tree could be taken down or chopped back in an area of outstanding natural beauty – because it is too big. Last Monday, a resident of Axbridge approached the town council asking for support for an application to reduce the size of a yew tree on the verge by the entrance of the car park on West Street. “It’s only five feet away from my house,” said George Ware. “I’ve had to change my house insurance because they won’t cover my house because of the size of the tree and the proximity of it.”

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