April 19, 2018

New wording to National Planning Policy Framework could help protect ancient woodland


Changes that could provide better protection for ancient woodland from development have been proposed following a Government review of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Loopholes in planning policy have threatened England’s ancient woodland for a long time, but new wording put forward by the Government could result in fewer threats to trees. To show that the public agrees with the changes, the Woodland Trust are asking for the public to have their say, using their simple form online. The Woodland Trust could be focusing on defending England’s ancients from major infrastructure like HS2 instead of from car parks, luxury…

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The ethics of tree removal


Paul George of Landmark Trading takes on the thorny issue of tree removal – what needs to be considered, and when it’s ethical to fell By Paul George Tree removal has sometimes drawn an ambiguous line on ethics – something that has been highlighted more than ever in light of the events in Sheffield. The local government’s Streets Ahead programme, a citywide project aiming to upgrade the area’s roads, streetlights, bridges and structures, has led to widespread tree felling – which local protesters and Sheffield Trees Action Groups (STAG) are trying to stop. Here, arboriculture has turned into a political…

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Ground Control recruitment days


Ground Control, the leading UK grounds maintenance company and recipient of numerous awards from institutions such as BALI for Maintenance and Landscape, and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation). The core company purpose is to create and maintain external environments that are safe and enjoyable for all. Grounds Maintenance is where it all began for the firm, who are incredibly proud of the client portfolio they’ve won and retained over the years. Ground Control continue to grow thanks to their fantastic team of managers and operatives. In April the company is welcoming workers within the industry to their recruitment days…

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London to receive 1,000 cherry blossom trees from Japan


A scheme proposed by the Japan Britain Society aims to plant 1,000 cherry blossom trees across parks in Britain, the Japan Times reports. The fundraising project initially aims to raise funds to grow, plant and maintain between 50 and 60 of these iconic trees in four major London parks next autumn. Locations are being sourced between the organisers and The Royal Parks charity ahead of the first round of planting, with the remaining trees reportedly being planted at a later date. Sandy K. Sano, creator of the project and chairman of the Japanese Association says: “We want to honour the…

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National Tree Officers Conference 2018: Call for Presentations Now Open


Building on the success of the last two conferences, the third National Tree Officers Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). This is a great opportunity for tree/woodland/planning officers to present to your colleagues on the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority arboricultural and urban forestry work. The conference will be held on Tuesday the 6th November 2018, at the Oakengates Theatre, Limes Road, Telford, TF2 6EP. Conference bookings will open later in the year at:…

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Stihl set to launch lightest high-performance forestry saw


STIHL is set to launch a new high-performance forestry saw in June 2018, the lightest chainsaw in the 70cm3 cubic capacity class, ideal for felling, pruning and fit for any forest, making the saw a true all-rounder. Weighing only 6kg and developing 6hp, the new MS 462 C-M is extremely simple to manoeuvre and has outstanding acceleration, with 100km/h speeds achieved in only 0.3 seconds. With a new lighter and smaller diameter flywheel, the compact design and ease of use of the saw makes it perfect for prolonged use in rough terrain. In addition, a reduced gyroscopic force also provides…

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First tree planted in River Aire natural flood management pilot


The first of 450 trees in a £500,000 natural flood management pilot scheme on the River Aire have been planted to reduce flood risk. The first of thousands of trees to be planted across the upper River Aire catchment took place today as part of a pilot natural flood management project. Cllr Judith Blake CBE, leader of Leeds City Council, planted the first tree on site at Eshton Beck, Gargrave, witnessed by volunteers, landowners, local authorities and partners. This pilot site will have 450 trees planted, to see how natural techniques can slow the flow of water and reduce the risk…

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Reporting back from a seminar with Ted Green: “Thoughts on Arboriculture Today”


Report by Colin Hambidge Ted Green MBE loves ancient trees. This remarkable and energetic man, now in his ninth decade, is a pioneer of the theory that ancient trees were once ‘working trees’, serving us through the centuries. He is also the founder president of the Ancient Tree Forum and acts as conservation consultant to the Crown Estate, Windsor. He travels across the UK and internationally, giving talks and interviews which challenge the view that ancient trees are simply relics of the past and are really not worth caring about. He argues rather they are gene banks, reservoirs of disease…

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Stihl to launch a cordless KombiEngine for all KombiTools


Stihl is set to launch a new cordless KombiEngine in May 2018, the lightest in the entire range, that is compatible with not only all current Stihl KombiTools, but also four new Kombi attachments, as the manufacturer continues to broaden its cordless product offering to the professional user. Weighing only 3.2kg for the powerhead and shaft, the new KMA 130 R is a powerful and lightweight cordless KombiEngine with high torque, low vibration and is 800 grams lighter than its petrol alternative (KM 94 RC-E). Used in conjunction with the AR backpack batteries or the AP battery belt, the KMA…

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Planting the Future: children help create England’s largest forest in 30 years


Schoolchildren planted the first of 660,000 trees in England’s largest forest for more than 30 years on Friday 23rd March.  Pupils from Wooler Middle School will help to begin the creation of the forest at Doddington North Moor, Northumberland. The new forest will provide real benefits to the North-East economy – short and long-term employment on site and a future timber supply to wood processors, including A&J Scott, which employs almost 150 people in nearby Wooperton. The trees to be planted at the site have been provided by regional nurseries – Cheviot Trees near Berwick-upon-Tweed and Trees Please in Corbridge. Environmental…

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