January 21, 2018

Genetics and the Value of Trees A seminar with Peter Thomas

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The season of arboricultural seminars at Barcham Trees’ Cambridgeshire nursery continued in late May when Dr Peter Thomas, senior lecturer in Botanical and Environmental Science at KeeleUniversity, led a fascinating day on how our knowledge of trees has increased in recent years and a discussion of their value to us.  He is the author of ‘Trees, Their Natural History’, which has been newly re-published following its first edition 14 years ago. Peter Thomas began the day with a wry nod to Monty Python’s Flying Circus in asking his audience “What have genetics ever done for us?”.  The answer was “quite…

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Number of trees will double on busy Sheffield road

The number of trees lining Sheffield’s second busiest road is to be more than doubled as part of improvements to make it ‘faster, cleaner, greener and safer’ . Sheffield Council is removing 40 trees from Penistone Road – used by almost 60,000 drivers every day – as £5 million work to improve traffic flow and ease congestion continues. Readers had raised concerns with The Star that the ‘perfectly healthy trees’ were being felled. But the council says the trees need to be axed because of their unsuitable locations close to where the central reservation is being changed. They will be replaced with more…

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New legislation to help tackle Larch disease in southern Scotland

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A new Plant Health Order will now make it easier for the forestry sector to deal with the extensive outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum on larch trees in south west Scotland, especially when it comes to administering the movement of infected materials. The new Order applies only to an area called the ‘Management Zone’ where high levels of infection are already widespread. Due to the scale of the outbreak in this region, continuing with the approach of issuing individual Statutory Plant Health Notices and Movement Licences to owners of infected larch trees is no longer seen as practical or the most…

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Church in Wales campaign to protect yew trees

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A campaign to help protect yew trees up to 5,000 years old has been launched by the Church in Wales. It will offer advice on how to manage and make the most of the trees, which are often found in churchyards. A survey has found that the Church in Wales owns 334 yews which are between 500 and 800 years old. The church said it was keen to protect such a precious heritage for future generations. Information about where to get the best advice for managing yew trees will be sent to parishes and communities which have some of the…

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Joy as Chorley trees get the chop

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Residents in two Chorley village streets are delighted that a long battle with over-grown trees has finally ended. Homeowners on Daisy Meadow and Preston Road, in Clayton-le-Woods spent years campaigning for trees to be cut down after they constantly blocked the sunlight, and littered their gardens with branches. A petition was launched by residents and Coun Steve Murfitt to have the trees cut down. After liaising with property management firm Places for People, the trees have finally been cut. Michelle Jordan, a resident in the area, said: “We used to live down the road and it was never a problem…

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Let’s draw a line under badly planted trees….

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This wet and windy spell of weather has made it all too easy to see which trees have been planted too deep over recent years. I saw a Lime gently rocking in the soil yesterday, its trunk leaving an ever increasing hollow in the soil line, signifying that its root system is buried way below the correct level. It is widely recognised that planting trees too deep is a major cause for premature decline. Tree roots need oxygen and water blended in measure so inevitably grow within the top metre of the soil. We tell clients buying a Barcham Tree…

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Residents furious as council sends in axe men to chop down trees

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Residents on an Earlsdon street are incensed by the council’s decision to chop down the 100-year-old trees that line their road. Contractors began bringing down the trees in Mayfield Road on Monday, while local people looked on in horror. North Earlsdon Neighbourhood Association contacted the Telegraph to say that the avenue had been left ‘decimated’ by the work. Kevin Nolan, the Association’s Secretary, said: “Residents were shocked that the trees were coming down. “They were watching and some tried to remonstrate with the contractors. I’ve seen the road, and it’s absolutely decimated. Those trees have been on that street for 100 years.” Coventry City Council…

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Canada Partnership for ICF to Promote Forestry Careers

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The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has announced a new partnership with the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) and the Duchy of Cornwall, to deliver an international student exchange programme. Endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award will recognise outstanding students in the UK and Canada, and encourage their personal and professional development through employment experiences. The award will provide two students from each country with financial support and summer employment opportunities in the alternative country. Forestry Industry Expansion Russell Horsey, ICF Deputy Director, said: “ICF is excited to partner with the CIF-IFC…

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Shock over massive tree feeling at Limpsfield beauty spot

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A MUM-OF-THREE was reduced to tears when she saw the “desecration” of precious woodland. Large-scale tree felling and scrubland clearance is under way at Limpsfield Chart – a popular beauty spot – to the dismay of many. Suzie Hammerton, who lives in nearby Chapel Road, said: “This is a stunning countryside area but the scene now is something like Hiroshima. It’s absolutely horrific, total desecration. Acres and acres of woodland have been annihilated, with thousands of logs in big piles from felled trees.” Mrs Hammerton said she first came across the scene about a week ago.She added: “Big bulldozers have been working in…

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Literary Prize Nomination for ICF President

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The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) President, Prof Julian Evans, has been recognised for his book God’s Trees – Trees, Forests and Wood in the Bible, published by DayOne, Leominster. The book was voted a finalist in this year’s People’s Book Prize for non-fiction. Although God’s Trees was not the overall winner, the lavish prize ceremony in the 17th Century Stationers Hall, near St Pauls in London, was enriched for our President by dining off oak tables more than 300 years old and the claim that the London plane tree in the courtyard was the oldest in City of London!

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