November 19, 2017

The Tree Conference, to be Livestreamed from Glastonbury on Saturday 4 November, highlights the outstanding role of trees and calls for mass mobilisation of tree planting

Much excitement awaits the imminent arrival of The Tree Conference, to be Livestreamed from the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury this Saturday, 4 November, inviting tree lovers across the UK and the world to tune in and join the movement to plant trees, safeguard forests and save our ecosystems. With mounting evidence for the considerable wellbeing benefits of trees and the crucial role trees can play in reducing carbon emissions and averting climate change, 130 tree lovers – including leading scientists, environmentalists and reforestation project leaders – will gather for this unique networking forum showcasing many inspirational tree projects, organisations…

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Först chips in for DART’s Caribbean mission

Först, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of woodchippers, has helped make DART’s latest mission a reality by donating funds to its Caribbean expedition. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, DART (Disaster Arborist Response Team) set about offering its services to the Dominican government’s Emergency Operations Centre. After receiving funding from Först and a number of other benefactors, a team of DART arborists from around the UK headed out for an initial deployment in mid September. Such was DART’s impact clearing roads blocked by fallen trees, a second and larger team was sent out on 6 October to provide 28…

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Power and progress with Timberwolf’s new petrol range

Timberwolf

Timberwolf are extending their low emission petrol product family, developing further their comprehensive range of professional wood chippers. Impending changes to engine legislation will affect many machines regularly used by arborists, landscapers, and estate managers, including chippers. An ongoing legislation programme to limit emissions from diesel engines, is progressing with the next step coming into force on 1 January 2019. Current diesel engines can continue to be used after this date to power existing equipment, but only Stage V diesel, or alternative fuelled engines, can be supplied on new machines. The new extended Timberwolf petrol range builds on the equivalent…

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The Society for the Environment urges others to sign the SDG Accord

The Society for the Environment sign the SDG Accord and encourage other organisations (and individuals) to follow suit, joining 51 supporting organisations, 38 educational institutions and 163 individuals. The SDG Accord was created by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) in response to the announcement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN. Announced at the World Congress on Environmental Education (WEEC) held in Vancouver, the SDG Accord is ‘the university and college sector’s collective response to the SDGs – a global pledge by educators that they will accept a…

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Sapling planted at Blackpool’s new police to bring good luck

Lancashire

The tradition of tree planting a sapling to bring good luck to Blackpool’s new police station was carried out yesterday. Lancashire’s chief constable Andy Rhodes and police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw planted the evergreen sapling in a ceremony outside of the new station. Originally presented as part of a topping out ceremony in July when the multimillion pound building reached its maximum height. It was planted at the front of the new building, close to the enquiry desk, while a plaque was put up next to the tree to make people aware of its significance. Chief constable Rhodes said:…

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Ancient tree from north-west China declared ‘most complicated’ ever found

Ancient

Fossils from the 374-million-year-old cladoxlopsid, an ancient tree with multiple trunks that split apart and then repair itself, has been declared the most complicated ever discovered. The ancient tree, from north-west China, reveals an intricate web of trunks that would have appeared like a “network of water pipes”. Dr Chris Berry, University of Cardiff said: “The tree simultaneously ripped its skeleton apart and collapsed under its own weight while staying alive.” Scientists from Cardiff University discovered the that, rather than laying down one growth ring under the bark every year, each of the hundreds of individual strands were growing their own…

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Future Foresters – challenged to drive a technology revolution

Future

Forestry and arboricultural students have been challenged to  drive a technological revolution to transform the way woods and trees are managed in the UK. Key note speaker at the ground breaking RFS’s Future Foresters New Technology Day, Jez Ralph from Timber Strategies told them: ” There is a new future and it is digital and it is going to come very fast. You are the people who will take up that challenge. Part of it is understanding the past, understanding the history of timber use and then taking that further.” “Being able to use digital skills is as much a…

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Mystery surrounds Norfolk trees as killer strikes in the dead of night

Norfolk

Private woodland in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, has been the target for a series of recent deadly poisonings. So far, eight trees have been targeted; one holly has died, with seven beeches, horse chestnuts, holm oaks and poplars have been diagnosed as “distressed”, losing most of their leaves. Each tree bears scars from their attacker – puncture holes made using a drill, where an unidentified poison is inserted. The drug doesn’t take effect until the assailant has fled the scene, leaving police baffled about the motive and about how to combat further attacks. The bore hole is aimed at the trunk, boughs,…

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Horse Chestnut wins title of UK’s favourite tree in landslide victory

Chestnut

Perhaps due to the nation’s love of conker, the Horse Chestnut won the title of the UK’s favourite tree in a landslide victory. Aesculus Hippocastanum, won more than 25 per cent of the vote in a poll run by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), beating 14 other trees, including the Ash, Birch and Elder. An organiser of the Annual World Conker Championship, in Northamptonshire, St John Burkett, believes the Horse Chestnut’s prized fruit has helped it to become the country’s best-loved tree. “The Horse Chestnut is a beautiful looking tree and people associate it with the countryside, although it…

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PSD Groundscare announce the Eliet Mega Prof to be landing soon

Shredder

PSD Groundscare in association with Eliet are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the New Eliet Mega Prof Shredder at Saltex 2017 on stand G180. It has been 20 years since Eliet made history with the introduction of the Super Prof with the world’s first mobile shredder and now the bar has been well and truly raised with the New Mega Prof. Featuring a 35hp turbocharged diesel engine and a capacity of up to 16cm, this machine is the New flagship of the Eliet range. Like all the other Eliet shredders, the New Mega Prof has the DNA of…

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