March 21, 2018

Tender – Arboriculture maintenance framework – London Borough of Hackney


Summary Threshold: Below OJEU Organisation: London Borough of Hackney NUTS Code: Inner London – East (UKI12) Type: Contract notice Type of contract: Services – 27 CPV Code: 77211500 Tree-maintenance services Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Deadline: Friday, July 4, 2014 – 00:00 Tender ID: 1433288 Description The London Borough of Hackney is seeking to establish an Arboriculture Maintenance Framework which will ensure that the Council’s 10,000 street, 40,000 parks and 25,000 Hackney Homes’ trees are healthy thus providing a safe environment for people who live, work and visit the London Borough of Hackney. The procurement of these services will enable…

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Government off track in HS2 response


Government has formally responded to the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) report on its inquiry into the HS2 and the Environment. The report made a number of suggestions to Government which would help reduce the impacts of the construction of the HS2 route on the environment, and ancient woods in particular. Commenting on the report, Woodland Trust Chief Executive Beccy Speight, said: “While the EAC was unequivocal in its call for more to be done to minimise HS2’s impact on the 48 ancient woods that will suffer loss or damage in the construction of its first phase, the response from Government is…

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Tender Opportunity – London


Document type : Contract Notice Published by : The Royal Parks Published date : 19/06/2014 Contract value : 170000.00 GBP Arboricultural Advisory Services to cover Greenwich Park, St James’s Park, The Green Park (including Victoria Tower Gardens, Canning Green and Downing Street), Hyde Park (with Grosvenor Square Gardens), Kensington Gardens (with Brompton Cemetery), The Regent’s Park (with Primrose Hill), Richmond Park and Bushy Park (with the Longford River). The estate also includes the associated park infrastructure such as roads, buildings and water bodies. They contain extensive tree stocks which, as well as being of high amenity value, are also of historic, cultural and ecological…

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Santon Downham Climate Change Award

Santon Downham in has been awarded the Woodlands for Climate Change prize for 2014. The 192ha site in Thetford Forest, Suffolk, received the prestigious sustainability award in recognition of its recent developments in combating environmental challenges. It was noted in particular that following the outbreak of Dothistroma needle blight (DNB) in Thetford Forest, Forestry Commission England, who own the site, trialled underplanting of thinned stands of Corsican pine with ten shade tolerant conifer species. Judges were impressed by the way in which the outbreak of DNB had been faced up to at a vast scale and the novel approaches taken…

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Judge Sycamore saves 80-year-old ‘tree of heaven’


Judge Sycamore saves 80-year-old ‘tree of heaven’ from Lambeth Council giving it the chop. Campaigners are celebrating after a judge called Sycamore backed their fight to stop Lambeth council felling an 82-foot tree. The 80-year-old ailanthus altissima, commonly known as “tree of heaven”, stands behind Grade II-listed Durning Library in Kennington. Lambeth wanted it felled because they said it was damaging a wall. Residents launched a two-year battle to save it and argued its huge canopy shelters “several large buildings and creates a natural environment for squirrels and birds”. Hundreds signed a petition and then last November residents secured an…

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Duchess of Cornwall to open Westonbirt Arboretum’s new building


The Duchess of Cornwall will officially open the Westonbirt Arboretum’s new Welcome Building on Monday. She will also propagate a tree sampling to mark its completion. The new £1.4m Welcome building will include improved visitor facilities as well as a new Christopher Mitchell Information Centre where visitors can learn more about the arboretum’s history and how the world-class collection of trees are cared for by the Forestry Commission. There will be an opening performance by Cirque Bijou, specially choreographed to celebrate the opening of the new Welcome Building while looking forward to the second phase of the development which includes the construction…

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‘Don’t touch’ reminder over oak processionary caterpillar nests in London, Surrey and Berkshire

People in parts of London, Surrey and Berkshire are being reminded not to touch the nests which oak processionary caterpillars could be building in oak trees in these areas. They are also being advised to protect animals from contact with the nests, and to report sightings to the Forestry Commission or local Councils. This is because the nests contain thousands of the caterpillars’ hairs, which contain an irritating substance which can cause unpleasant skin rashes and, sometimes, eye and throat irritations in people and animals. They are also a tree pest because they eat oak leaves: large numbers can strip oak trees bare,…

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Coleg Gwent is first in Wales to join Conifers for Colleges

conifers for colleges

Coleg Gwent in Usk is the first college in Wales to take part in an innovative new venture being led by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) to keep coniferous trees on the map for the woodland managers of the future. Conifers for Colleges recognises that the challenges caused by climate change, pests and diseases mean UK timber growers may no longer be able to rely on the traditional big five coniferous timber species – Sitka Spruce, Corsican Pine, Scots Pine, Douglas-fir and the larches. Foresters of the future will need to know about a wider mix of species and where they…

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Timberwolf manufactures 9,000th machine

Timberwolf have been designing and manufacturing chipping and shredding machines for the past 25 years. Based in Stowmarket, with an expansive dealer network spread across the UK and Europe, they have succeeded in becoming the largest seller of commercial wood chip machines in Great Britain. Timberwolf are delighted to announce the manufacture of its 9000th machine. Hot off the production line, the 9,000th machine just happened to be their TW240 (the latest addition to the Timberwolf range) and marks a significant milestone in the Timberwolf history. Since the inception over 25 years ago, they have been proud British manufacturers of…

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Sherborne’s “phantom tree planter” strikes again

phantom tree planter

Sherborne’s phantom tree planter has struck again. In June 2013 three trees suddenly appeared on the open space area at Granville Way. After some deliberation Sherborne Town Council decided that the trees added to the landscape and they were allowed to remain. Now three more have appeared at the same site. The strange occurrence was raised at the latest meeting of Sherborne Town Council during the Mayor’s Announcements. Mayor Jon Andrews said: “It seems that the phantom tree planter of Sherborne has struck again. “Once again we do not know who has provided these trees. We have taken a look…

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