December 17, 2017

Report states emergency teams dealt with 1,340 fallen trees

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Report states emergency teams dealt with 1,340 fallen trees on Exeter road network during winter storms as revealed at the latest meeting of the Exeter highways committee. Emergency teams had to deal with a total of 1,340 fallen trees on the road network, 176 bank slips and flooding on 4,600 roads. Before Christmas, South West Highways averaged 500 reports of potholes per cent week and had some 12 to 15 gangs out repairing them. After Christmas, reportings soared to 3,000 a week and gangs increased to more than 40. Source

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150-year-old ‘problem’ trees in Leicester street could be cut down

  A number of 150-year-old giant redwood trees that line a Leicester street could be felled because their huge roots are causing damage to nearby houses, driveways and pavements. Some two dozen sequoia gigantea trees stand along Pine Tree Avenue, in Leicester, and date back to the time when the route was the driveway to the now demolished Humberstone Hall. However, Leicester City Council said it has paid out £85,000 in compensation to property owners whose homes have suffered subsidence and needed their foundations underpinning. A further £300,000 has been set aside for pay-outs but with the trees still growing…

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Thousands of trees planted to create new woodlands near Dorchester


Teamwork has resulted in two new woodlands being planted near Dorchester. The Environment Agency, the Woodland Trust and landowners got together to plant more than 3,400 trees on the Frome and Piddle rivers catchments. The woodlands will form a feature of the Dorset landscape, improve water quality and reduce flood risk. The woodlands, each covering approximately one hectare, have been planted at the Came Estate and at Lower Burton Mill. Species include alder, willow, oak, field maple, wild cherry, hazel, hawthorn and dog rose. The project cost just over £9,000 to include the cost of the trees and fencing plus two training…

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Aboilition of Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee

Defra are conducting a consultation on the intended abolition of the Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee. The Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee (HGTAC) was the advisory panel/committee appointed by the Forestry Commissioners to advise them on the delivery of their powers and duties. The Committee ceased operations in 2005 and no longer functions because it was decided (by the Commissioners and the final members themselves) that as forestry operates on a devolved basis, it would be more appropriate for advice to be received at national level. The HGTAC’s former functions are therefore now discharged through separate arrangements in each Administration…

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Leading ecologist condemns woodland expansion


An internationally recognised ecologist has attacked plans to plant 100,000 trees in Speyside that he says could destroy the “Scottishness of the hills.” Dr James Fenton, a former chief executive of the Falklands Conservation Team and a botanist for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has questioned the whole idea of regenerating native woodland. The expert, for many years the National Trust for Scotland’s ecologist, also challenges conservation bodies that insist woodland must be protected from deer. Environmental opinion is already divided over RSPB Scotland’s plans to almost double the total size of woodland at its Abernethy Forest, near Grantown-on-Spey in…

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New research projects announced by The Forestry Commission

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The Forestry Commission have announced that seven new research projects have received a share of £7M to help address threats to UK forests, woods and trees. The multi-disciplinary Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI) will generate knowledge to tackle pests and diseases and to support the future health of the UK’s woodlands, commercial forests and urban trees. The societal benefits of the UK’s trees are estimated at around £1.8 billion per year. Forest Research (FR) scientists are involved in all of these projects, sharing their expertise with colleagues from universities and research institutes across the country. In the last…

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Plumpton College joins RFS Conifers for Colleges venture


Plumpton College near Lewes in East Sussex has become the third college to sign up to the  Royal Forestry Society’s flagship programme – Conifers for Colleges. The programme will involve forestry students in research into the species which will ensure a healthy UK timber industry in the future. Plumpton College joins Moulton College in Northamptonshire and Myerscough College in Preston with planting planned for the autumn. Up to five colleges will be involved during Year One, with more joining in subsequent years. Conifers for Colleges recognises that conifers are vital to the UK’s forestry and timber industries and that the challenges caused…

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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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