October 17, 2018

Exotic trees in Hounslow produce fruit for first time in 14 years

exotic trees

Exotic trees in the garden of a Hounslow home have borne fruit for the first time in 14 years. Lata Sabharwal planted two loquat trees in the backyard of her house in Beavers Lane, Hounslow West, in 2000, in memory of her in-laws, who had both died earlier that year. The small orange fruits are abundant in Nairobi, Kenya, where the 73-year-old former teacher grew up, but she said this was the first time she had seen them growing in the UK. “They were everywhere in Kenya and you see them in Spain, Greece, India and Pakistan but I’ve never…

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Landowners encouraged to grow more trees


Landowners and farmers are being invited to find out how sporting opportunities can be enhanced, flood risk reduced and crop pollination increased by planting trees on their land. Advisors from the Woodland Trust are set to demonstrate how well-sited woodland creation can provide habitats and shelter for a number of wildlife and livestock species at this year’s CLA Game Show. They’re asking landowners and farmers to visit their stand (number B0178) at this year’s event that’s taking place at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire from the July 18 to 20. Here they will also discuss the wider benefits offered by tree planting, and…

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Civic Trees plants trees for Mayor’s RE:LEAF scheme

Civic Trees

Civic Trees, part of national green services company Glendale, has completed the planting of over 350 trees for the RE:LEAF scheme, led by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Specialists from Civic Trees used the latest handling, planting and maintenance techniques to install the trees across the streets, parks and residential areas of the London Borough of Southwark. Its specialist tree-planters were responsible for preparing the ground before planting and securing the trees in their final locations. They will also undertake ongoing maintenance. The RE:LEAF initiative aims to encourage the planting of more trees across London, while also protecting the…

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Is a Powys village home to Europe’s oldest tree?


A Powys village is believed to be home to Europe’s oldest tree. Experts say the ancient yew tree in the village of Defynnog, near Sennybridge, could be more than 5,000 years old. They’ve been running DNA and ring dating tests on the 60-foot wide tree in the churchyard of St Cynog’s in the village. I’m convinced this is the oldest tree in Europe. It was planted on the north side of the ancient burial mound which is now the churchyard, probably in honour of a neolithic chieftain. It is so old that it has split into two halves, one 40-feet…

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Residents fight plans to flatten Laleham woods for development


The future of Spelthorne’s last natural park is up in the air as residents fight plans to flatten large stretches of Laleham woods for a sports academy. Spelthorne Borough Council has consulted residents over plans for three football pitches, an academy and a path through the heart of Laleham Park. Residents gathered at the site – which surrounds the Grade II* listed Laleham Abbey given to the community by the family of Lord Lucan, and features forested land with 200-year-old trees – to call on the council to leave the park as it is. The bid was submitted by Staines Town Football…

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VIDEO: Husqvarna T536 Li Xp Lithium Ion Battery Chainsaw Review


Husqvarna have produced the T536 Li Xp Lithium Ion Battery Chainsaw and T.H Tree Services are proud to be one of the first UK tree surgeons to own and use them.

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New data on ash-dieback disease

ash dieback

Scientists in Norwich have released new data to help understand the spread of ash dieback disease. It’s based on a so-called, fungus genomes or DNA samples from across the UK, Europe and Japan. It’s hoped studying their genetic differences will help combat the rapid spread of the disease which threatens one of our most common tree species.

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Getting Trees Right in the Urban Environment


CIRIA will host an event to demonstrate the benefits and costs of trees in UK urban environments. This event will: demonstrate the benefits and costs of trees in UK urban environments. discuss issues relating to planting and managing trees in the urban environment. highlight problems that can occur with urban trees and ways in which these could be resolved. provide networking opportunities. Who should attend? Clients House builders Consultants Contractors Local Authorities Tree specialists Landscape architects and contractors Tickets Tickets are priced at £75 + VAT for non members, but is free of charge for CIRIA Network, Core, and Associate…

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South East: Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) for Arborists

Arb Show

Places still available for our popular Visual Tree Assessment workshop presented by Jack Kenyon on Saturday 26th July 2014 at 0900hrs – 1600hrs at Merrist Wood College, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 3PE. Following your prompt arrival at 08:30 am, you will make your way to the Lecture Hall H23 for registration. The morning lecture by Jack Kenyon will concentrate on: The tree as a system and self optimised structure The principles of VTA Decay fungi Mechanical symptoms Inspection equipment Making recommendations The afternoon session involves a VTA tree walk through the woods at Merrist Wood with Jack Kenyon, followed by a summing…

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South Downs National Park ready to fight as killer tree disease strikes

south downs national park

A killer disease which has already struck three-quarters of Denmark’s ash trees has now reached the South Downs National Park. In a report to an authority meeting, chief executive Trevor Beattie told members three cases of ash dieback (Chalara Fraxinea) had been confirmed inside the park. In addition, four cases had been reported just outside the boundaries near Chichester, Horsham and Eastbourne which, he said, risked spreading the disease into the national park. Ash dieback is a serious fungal disease which causes leaf loss and crown dieback, and is usually fatal. Forestry Commission experts say it has potential to cause…

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