October 16, 2018

86,000 Young Trees Culled In Ash Dieback Control

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Some 86,000 young trees have been destroyed to prevent the spread of ‘Ash Dieback’ into the wider environment, according to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Over 3,000 site inspections have been carried out since the disease was first found here in November 2012,” said Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill. “To date 93 sites have been confirmed with Ash Dieback infection. Of these, 90 were recent plantings around the province, with three findings on imported stock in trade. There have been no confirmed reports of C. fraxinea infecting mature ash trees in the north.”Minister O’Neill has encouraged landowners and the public…

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Youths vandalise mature trees in Farnborough

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Police are looking for a group of youths after two mature trees in Farnborough were vandalised.It is believed they entered the copse at The Potteries on Tuesday. They cut down a beech tree, which is likely to have hit adjacent power lines, although there was no damage.The youths then tried to fell a pine tree, but left after cutting it halfway through the main trunk.Rushmoor Borough Councillor Sue Carter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Youth, said: “This was an incredibly reckless and dangerous thing to do.“We believe this was a deliberate attempt to cause damage to the power supply.“If they had…

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Windmill Wood to be sold to private bidder after failing to sell at auction


A wood on the outskirts of Knutsford that failed to sell at an auction this week is set to be sold to a private bidder, the Guardian can reveal. Windmill Wood, also known as Toft Wood, went under the hammer at Cottons Hotel on Tuesday, July 8. The 34 acre wood, on Chelford Road, will be sold as a whole or as five lots, with a guide price ranging from £40,000 to £100,000 per lot. Before the auction, Knutsford-based estate agents Fisher German, who were instructed to sell the privately-owned land, said they had received a huge amount of interest…

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Trees at Hillport House, Porthill, will not be chopped down


The future of a row of trees which faced being chopped down has been safeguarded. Tree preservation orders (TPOs) have been imposed at Hillport House, Porthill Bank, Porthill, by Newcastle Borough Council. It follows proposals to cut the trees down and build between nine and 14 houses on the site. The TPOs have been granted following an inspection. A report to councillors states: “The longer-term visual amenity of the woodland and trees is best secured by a Tree Preservation Order. “The trees are generally healthy at present, considered to be appropriate species for the locality and providing public amenity value due to…

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Birdlip school appeals against tree protection

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A meeting was held this week by Cotswold District Council’s appeals committee to discuss objections raised by a school over a tree protection order. Staff and governors at Birdlip School claim the trees, subject to a temporary tree protection order, are damaging the area and could be a danger to the pupils. Vice-chairman of the governing body of Birdlip School, Harriet Saunders brought a hefty fallen limb from the tree to demonstrate the danger it could cause. Gesturing to the branch she said: “This branch came down in half term when, luckily, nobody was around.” Headteacher Sandra Wride explained that high…

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Vandals poison trees causing £25,000 damage


Vandals have caused thousands of pounds of damage by drilling into tree roots and pouring poison into the holes. Police are appealing for information following the incident on Yewbarrow Road, Ulverston, which they say happened between July 1 and July 15 – causing £25,000 worth of damage. “This is a shocking act of criminal damage, these trees will die in time due to the poison in the roots,” said PC Roy Williams, of the Ulverston & Lakes Neighbourhood Policing Team. “We appeal for anyone with any information get in touch so we can make further enquiries and detect who is…

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Memorial bench could be made from felled copper beech tree

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Trees left in the shade of a giant beech tree in Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, can now take centre stage. Tree lovers said a final goodbye to the iconic copper beech tree yesterday. But it is hoped that life will come from death as smaller trees nearby will have their time in the sun. And the council is hoping the public will come up with ideas on how to remember the ancient tree. Contractors worked for two days to take down the gigantic tree, which has been there for more than 200 years. Cheltenham Borough Council tree officers were forced to…

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Seeing the wood for the trees – expand forestry sector


Growth in global and local demand makes it imperative for Scotland to expand its forestry and timber sector, 
says Clive Suckling. It is easy to look at Scottish or UK business sectors from a narrow, domestic viewpoint and forget the global context in which they operate – mega-trends that have real relevance for Scotland. Forestry and timber is no different and at the recent conference on realising the potential of Scotland’s indigenous industry, I provided some international context which highlighted the successes of the domestic sector, but also the need for its further development. The first very basic point is…

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Much-loved oak trees chopped down by council

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Residents are furious after two much-loved oak trees on a public pavement next to a housing development were “massacred” without notice. Positioned less than a metre from the building site of the former Emma Hamilton pub in Kingston Road, the trees were cut down by the council because their branches encroached on the building site. Wimbledon Chase residents’ association (WCRA) had been in contact with Merton Council’s environment officers in April over concerns the trees were protected, but received no warning the trees would be chopped down. Grahame Darnell, WRCA chairman who returned from a business trip on Friday, July 4 to…

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Derbyshire groups urged to plant free trees to honour First World War fallen

People in Derbyshire are being given 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. So far, 3,975 trees have been given away, with more saplings up for grabs this autumn. The free trees are being donated by the Woodland Trust to community groups and schools, so that they can create a lasting legacy for those involved in the Great War and improve their local area. Trees are available to schools and local groups, such as Scouts, Guides, sports clubs and parish councils,…

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