August 20, 2018

60 new jobs created in multi-million pound timber deal

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Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has announced 60 full-time jobs will be created in a multi-million-pound contract to supply one of the UK’s largest timber harvesting companies. NRW said the five-year contract with Euroforest will be worth more than £2.5m to them and an estimated £16m to the Welsh economy. And the contract guarantees the supply of 50,000 tonnes of larch annually from Coed y Cymoedd Forest near Neath and will secure almost 60 full-time jobs in the harvesting and haulage industries. The timber will be supplied to a range of existing markets in Wales and the borders with the majority…

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Tree collapses into Torquay garden

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A Torquay couple have been left to pick up the pieces after a tree collapsed into their back garden. Eric and Sue Mills, of Hele Road, will have to pay for the removal of the tree, because nobody knows who has responsibility for it. The couple had long feared it would crash towards the house but were told it sits in ‘no man’s land’. Now they fear a second larger tree could fall and cause more serious damage to their home. “I went to Lidl at 9am and when I came back at 10am it was in the garden,” said Eric. “We have been…

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Scientists ask Obama to protect old growth forest

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More than 75 U.S. and Canadian scientists have sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for a policy to preserve what remains of America’s old-growth forest. The scientists include two former chiefs of the U.S. Forest Service, Jack Ward Thomas and Mike Dombeck. They say less than 10 percent of the old-growth forest before European settlement is still intact Only fragments remain in the eastern United States and the largest trees in the Pacific Northwest were targeted more than a century ago. The largest extent of remaining old-growth forest is in southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest but faces the…

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‘Tree safety is a matter of balance’ – Arboricultural Association

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In light of recent media coverage on the risks posed by trees in areas of human traffic, the Arboricultural Association have released a message on tree safety, arguing that ‘as with all risks the issue of tree safety is a matter of balance’. The Arboricultural Association represents all those across the industry involved in the nurture and promotion of amenity trees, whether tree surgeons, tree managers in private and local government sectors, or consultants. The UK’s tree stock is often taken for granted, but it requires active maintenance, management and forward planning. Trees are frequently in the news for reasons…

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The pineapple palm tree at Torquay’s gateway disappears and reappears

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Torquay’s infamous pineapple palm tree disappeared from its prominent position at the gateway to the town – only to reappear a few hundred yards down the road. Council workers and contractors moved in to remove the controversial pineapple palm tree on Thursday night. All that was left behind was a bed of boulders at the Kingskerswell roundabout. But then the palm was taken just down the road to a small wild meadow at the Browns Bridge Road junction with Riviera Way. A giant crane was employed to lift the crane into its new home as a team of workers looked…

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Axbridge tree faces axe for being ‘too big’

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A tree could be taken down or chopped back in an area of outstanding natural beauty – because it is too big. Last Monday, a resident of Axbridge approached the town council asking for support for an application to reduce the size of a yew tree on the verge by the entrance of the car park on West Street. “It’s only five feet away from my house,” said George Ware. “I’ve had to change my house insurance because they won’t cover my house because of the size of the tree and the proximity of it.”

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Devotion to woodlands research earns a medal

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The trees he roams in Wytham Woodlands near Oxford are known the world over among ecologists. But the ‘oracle of woodlands’, Keith Kirby, pictured, is a much more humble figure. The scientist, woodland ecologist and researcher at Oxford Universityhas been given an award for his lifetime’s achievements, from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Management (CIEEM). The CIEEM Medal is in recognition of Mr Kirby’s “outstanding, lifelong contribution to the advancement of ecology, forestry and woodland management”, the organisation said. But Mr Kirby, who lives in North Oxford, said his 40 years of experience in the field would seem like…

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Safety fears over McCartney’s plans to clear trees from estate

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The trees are being uprooted and removed from the former Beatle’s 600-acre High Park Farm near Campbeltown in Argyll and Bute as part of a maintenance programme. It is thought 300 lorry loads of timber a year are to be taken out of the farm over the coming years and taken away by lorries down a single-track road. However, Kintyre residents, who already suffer from heavy vehicles using local roads to service a nearby quarry, say the latest influx of heavy goods vehicles adds danger for other road users and pedestrians. They say the number of lorries passing through local…

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Forest Landscape Design Training Course

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Forestry Commission Scotland are to hold a Forest Landscape Design training course this coming Autumn. The course will explore the principles of such design and is open to anyone involved in forest and woodland management. Nicholas Shepherd, Landscape and Culture Adviser with Forestry Commission Scotland, who will run the informal two-day courses, said: “Although we are ‘classroom based’ we’re aiming for an enjoyable, ‘test-free’ experience that is suitable for all levels of ability. Through a mix of presentations and group exercises, we’ve set out to help people explore the underpinning principles of forest landscape design and how to apply those…

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Apple trees project to remember the fallen

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More than 160 apple trees are to be planted in and around Berwick in tribute to local people who have died at war. Each tree will carry a plaque recording names from men and women who are listed on War memorials including Berwick, Tweedmouth, Spittal, Scremerston and Ord. The ambitious plan was revealed by Phil Elliot, who told Berwick Royal British Legion committee that the aim was for first 100 trees will be in place by August 4, the 100th anniversary of the Great War. “They will not just be trees – they will be memorials,” he said. Mr Elliot explained…

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