November 14, 2018


Structural tree pruning


Forest trees tend to develop a sound structure in response to competition.  They grow in close proximity to other trees and the shade created by the developing forest canopy suppresses growth of lower limbs.  As such, forest trees tend to maintain a single stem and narrow crowns as they grow toward light.  This produces a reasonably strong structure in mature forest trees. Conditions are radically different in the landscape.  Trees are often exposed to full sun, which encourages a broader, more complex crown than one growing in the forest.  Lower branches may grow very large, limbs develop in close proximity…

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Spades and trowels at the ready for Sawbridgeworth orchard maintenance day


The newly formed Rivers Heritage Site & Orchard (RHSO) group has spades and trowels at the ready for its first day of maintenance. Volunteers are being encouraged to visit this Sunday (July 6) in order to “learn a new skill, help maintain a local historic site and make new friends”. Work at the centuries-old Rivers Nursery, which has links to Charles Darwin, will centre around trees new to the site. It is hoped the sessions will become a monthly feature for RHSO, which formed in May after the orchard’s previous maintenance group folded. Those wishing to help should wear wellies and…

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‘Gateway’ Torquay palm tree uprooted to make way for bypass roadworks

palm tree

Torquay’s controversial gateway palm tree has been uprooted to a new location to make way for bypass roadworks. The three-tonne tree was unexpectedly moved from Kerswell Gardens roundabout to a new position at the Brownsbridge Road and Riviera Way junction last Thursday evening. The palm’s new home will only be temporary while the new South Devon link road is complete. Once the road is finished in December 2015, it will then make its final journey to its permanent position where the new ring road meets Hamlin Way. The moving operation was carefully planned according to Torbay Council but it was unable…

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The Greenest Job? Might Be Professional Tree Climber


As job descriptions go, the arborist’s is pretty badass: climb trees all day with a chainsaw, handsaws, and other sharp objects on your belt. Lash your riggings onto elements that can bend or break. Oh, and be careful not to cut your own rope. These beautiful glimpses into the life of professional tree climbers were shot by John Evans, a photographer, climber, and, perhaps not coincidentally, marketing director of Petzl, which makes climbing and lighting gear. John and I did a canyoneering trip into the San Rafael Swell five or six years ago, and, as accomplished as he is as a…

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Budding business opportunity at Donview


Budding business magnates looking for a place to start up their first enterprise are being offered two surplus buildings at Donview. The Forestry Commission Scotland buildings, an old classroom that was latterly and more famously known as the Loovre Art Gallery, are situated on the south west side of Bennachie Forest. The two buildings, which are to be leased on a commercial basis, include WC facilities, and the ‘classroom’. The buildings are surrounded by the FCS Donview trails Car park and picnic area, which the business and its visitors will have access to. Calum Murray, for the Commission’s team in…

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Healthy Ash Tree in Skipton can be felled

ash tree

A mature, healthy Ash tree in Skipton is to be felled because of its potentially damaging impact on a nearby business. Despite being protected by a order, the tree – behind David Hill’s, Mill Bridge, can now be cut down – following a close vote by Craven District Council’s Planning Committee. Councillors were told that the Ash was healthy, despite its restricted growing area, but that it overhung the offices of David Hill and could impact on the foundations. Skipton ward Cllr Marcia Turner urged against allowing it to be cut down. “Although there are many trees in this area as…

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Landscape Live 2014 event

Landscape Live

Landscape Live is the landscaping industry’s first event purely for landscapers, garden designers and landscape architects in the north of England. The event takes place at Headingley on the 7th October 2014. Landscape Live is THE event to attend to grow your business and gain new contacts. It is the perfect opportunity to build relationships and network within the professional world of landscaping. An informative, inspirational, fun event, we promote a productive day for all landscape contractors, garden designers and landscape architects bringing them together in one place. The event is in association with the market leading Pro Landscaper magazine….

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Have you tagged your ash trees yet?

ash trees

Sylva is asking for help in adding ash trees to an important nationwide survey. We want volunteers to ‘tag’ trees and complete a simple survey online. We still have a few tags available to give away free, on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to receive a pack of five tree tags for free please: register your interest here We are asking members of the public to get involved by tagging up to five ash trees that will be surveyed once every year. Tag packs consisting of five tags have been developed, each with a unique identification number,…

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Buckhurst Hill nursery owner faces opposition over tree removal plans


A nursery owner is facing opposition over plans to fell a tree in the grounds of her business. Sarah Barrett, who owns Queens Baby Nursery in Queen’s Road, Buckhurst Hill, wants to fell a large Lime tree which she claims is a hazard. The businesswoman faces opposition from Buckhurst Hill Parish Council (BHPC) which voted against the felling of the Lime at a Planning and Environment Committee meeting on June 5. Mrs Barrett is currently refurbishing the site and has spent around £18,500 in doing so. She said: “The tree is far too big and has well outgrown the nursery….

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Environmental group gives up woodland bid


An environmental group which wanted to set up a natural woodland near Market Harborough has given up. Wellands Woodlands community group has been disbanded after it could not find landowners willing to sell. It said landowners have told them they were holding on to their property to sell for housing. Group chairman Michael Hitchcox said: “Our aims were to secure grants, buy land and plant trees to create a haven for wildlife and an environmental amenity.” The group was launched two years ago on a wave of enthusiasm. More than 40 people became supporters and a similar number were willing…

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