May 23, 2018

3ATC reaches new heights at the ARB Show

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A total of 58 climbers took part in the 2014 3ATC Open over the two days of the ARB Show. Nick Pott said, ‘Donations from competitors to Cancer Research raised£870, meaning the figure will be well over the £600 target. Thank you all and well done.’ And a massive thank you to all the helpers who make these events happen, especially the team of volunteer judges who gave up their time to set up and run the event. The winners in the three sections of the Open were: Final results table for 3ATC 2014: Premiere Climbers Position Name Time (mins/secs) 1st Graham…

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What Do I Plant Next? – A seminar with Peter Thurman and Barchams’ Keith Sacre

Keith Sacre

Local authority tree officers, landscape designers and other tree care professionals gathered recently at the Ely, Cambridgeshire, nursery of Barcham Trees for a seminar led by landscape designer and tree consultant Peter Thurman and Barcham’s Keith Sacre. Peter Thurman’s first presentation of the day was based on collaborative work with Tony Kirkham of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  He began by asking the question “What do I plant next?” against the current background of pests and diseases which is making tree selection ever more difficult.  He highlighted the fact Kew Gardens was laid out from 1845 mainly in family order,…

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New biological pest control of insects that threaten tree health

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Fera is part of a new project (BIPESCO), funded under the LWEC Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative, which will develop entomopathic fungi (EPF) and botanicals to control insect pests that are a major problem in forestry and tree nurseries, and an emergent threat to trees and human health.  Botanicals (essential oils, extracts or plant derivatives) with attractant or repellent properties will be used alone or with EPF in novel pest control strategies. EPFs are considered natural mortality agents and environmentally safe, and there is worldwide interest in their use and manipulation for biological control of insects and other arthropod…

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Asian caterpillar threatens Britain’s box hedges

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Gardeners are being warned to look out for a new invasive pest which is threatening to lay waste to Britain’s box hedges – the favoured shrub of topiary artists – by stripping entire plants bare and reducing painstakingly-clipped creations to withered skeletons.Not since Alexander Pope ended the 18th-century craze for artfully-trimmed hedges by lampooning aristocrats for turning shrubs into “awkward figures of men” has British topiary faced such a grave threat. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has recorded a rapid expansion of cases of Diaphania perspectalis, otherwise known as the box tree caterpillar, a species native to Asia which likes…

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Britain’s plants and trees under threat from rising temperatures

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Dozens of plant and trees species are under threat as they fail to adapt to warming temperatures, a University of Cambridge study has found. Species including yew, hawthorn and stinging nettles are expected to decline in the UK, along with 38 other species. Environmentalists have argued that the findings demonstrate the need to analyse and monitor Britain’s ecology and encourage a greater responsibility for monitoring natural habitats. Data was collected from the Woodland Trust, which has records dating back more than 250 years. It examined how 293 species have responded to increases in temperature. The study found most plants had started…

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Businesses dismayed that Ribbleton Lane trees can’t be removed

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A plea to lift protection on a row of trees lining a city street, to allow a better view of industrial units, has been thrown out by council bosses. Owners of a trading estate on Ribbleton Lane had objected to a tree preservation order, as they said the trees caused a visual obstruction to the commercial units. But Town Hall chiefs rejected the calls, saying it would be “absolutely criminal” to cut down the trees. Addressing the public meeting, Jayshree Astley, on behalf of Guild Trading Estate owners Threadneedle, said the site had “felt the brunt of the economic down turn”….

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Trio of foresters receive awards

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Three foresters – one from Sussex and two from Yorkshire – are among the latest to be recognised by the Royal Forestry Society for their long careers improving and maintaining woodlands. In East Sussex, Ray Latter received a Long Service Award (LSA) in recognition of his work over 34 years’ maintaining and developing woodlands on the Beech Estate. Ray, 65, has worked for three generations of the Wills family who own the estate. Current owner Harry Wills says: “Ray has played an important role in managing and maintaining our beautiful woods. He has always done a job properly to ensure a high-quality…

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Tunbridge Wells horse chestnut trees under threat from killer moths and bleeding canker

The iconic horse chestnut could disappear from our parks and our countryside within the next two decades, according to a Hadlow College lecturer. Sam Jerram-Moon says the tree, renowned for its conkers, faces a two pronged attack from moths and canker. She said the horse chestnut – which thrives in parks including Camden Park in Tunbridge Wells – is being slowly destroyed by bleeding canker, a disease causing the bark to ooze a smelly noxious fluid. And it also faces a plague of miner moths which cause its leaves to shrivel and die. “It is just as bad as Ash…

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Vandals poison seven trees in Northampton park

The poisoning of seven trees in a Northampton park has been described as a “terrible act of vandalism” by Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment. Councillor Mike Hallam (Con, Parklands) said Northamptonshire Police were investigating claims that someone drilled into five beech trees and two cherry trees on a recreation ground in Kingsthorpe and injected them with poison.It is unknown when the poisoning happened but, due to the damage caused, the council will have to remove the trees that have already died in the next few weeks. Councillor Hallam said “Our tree expert has been out to look at…

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TV expert’s anger at damage to Chippenham trees

Antiques Roadshow star Marc Allum is concerned that three trees in Monkton Park pollarded by Wiltshire Council last year have been severely damaged and may never recover. The trees, a willow and two mature poplars, can be found by the River Avon alongside the footpath running from The Olympiad Leisure Centre towards Monkton Park Golf Club. They were pollarded last October, but have not grown back since. Mr Allum, who moved to St Mary’s, Chippenham, two years ago, uses the park to walk his dogs Maisie, a Jack Russell, and Coco, a terrier. He took photos of the felled tree…

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