May 23, 2018

‘Booker dozen’ planted at Hainault Forest with Woodland Trust

The judges of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction were recently reunited in their last official duty, as they planted trees in Hainault Forest with the Woodland Trust. In contrast to their meetings during last year’s prize, this gathering saw the group donning their wellington boots and picking up spades to plant 13 saplings in the heart of what was once Henry VIII’s royal hunting forest. These trees will become a living commemoration of the ‘Booker Dozen’ – the 13 titles longlisted for the 2013 prize. They will be the sixth judging panel to take part in the prize’s…

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Royal Forestry Society welcomes British Isles Squirrel Accord


The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is delighted to have played a key part in developing a new Squirrel Accord for the British Isles which emphasises the need to control grey squirrels to protect the UK’s woodlands as well as conserving red squirrels. The Accord was unveiled at Dumfries House and has the support of HRH the Prince of Wales as well as Environment Minister Owen Paterson , Scottish Natural Heritage, Defra, the Scottish Government, The Forestry Commission  and the Red Squirrel Survival Trust. RFS Development Director Simon Lloyd said : “Our own survey of woodland owners and managers has shown that…

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Do more protected areas mean less wood supply?

New research looks at the trade-offs between forest protection and wood supply in Europe thus trying to shed light on the question: does more protected forest mean that there will be less wood supply in Europe? The study looked at the extent of protected forests across the European Union’s twenty seven member states plus Norway, and Switzerland. The hypothesis was that protected areas imply felling restrictions that could in turn affect the potential annual wood supply in Europe. As concerns around biodiversity loss and rapid landscape changes increase, forest protection came forth as one of the main measures to prevent…

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Thetford Forest wildlife ‘performs’ Living Symphonies’ premier

Listening to an open-air concert from a live orchestra in one of England’s beautiful forests will always connect you with Mother Nature – but thanks to musical science our forests are now set to become the actual performers, conducted by the flora and fauna in a series of “live” sound installations. Living Symphonies is the culmination of a two-year project by composers Daniel Jones and James Bulley that aims to reach “thousands of people who might never otherwise be involved in the arts” by turning four forests across England into natural orchestras. Working with ecologists from the Forestry Commission, the…

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Defra: Tree health management plan

The tree health management plan sets out government’s approach to tree health in England which is in line with the Plant Biosecurity Strategy. It includes updates on the management approaches to Chalara ash dieback, Phytophthora Ramorum, Phytophthora kernovia and Oak Processionary Moth. It also sets out how government and a wide range of other partners are managing new and future threats to our tree population in England. The research synopsis is a summary of the main research on three important tree pests and diseases in the UK: Chalara (Ash dieback), Oak processionary moth and Phytophthora.

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Arb Association: Chalara guide released in Kent

Britain’s trees are under unprecedented threat from new pests and diseases, including Chalara dieback of ash. Mike Sankus, AA trustee and Chair of the Arboricultural Association’s South East Branch, has worked closely with partners in the Forestry Commission, Kent Downs AONB and Kent County Council to produce a guide which offers practical advice for local councils, highway authorities, private tree and woodland owners, and contractors in Kent, to help slow the spread, minimise impacts on biodiversity, protect economic return from timber production, safeguard the public, and comply with legislation. Particular thanks go to Jonathan Harding from the Forestry Commission and…

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Walk in the Woods: throughout May 2014

  In this 40th anniversary year of The Tree Council, we are urging everyone during the month of May to get out into the woods or walk around trees in their neighbourhoods and just look at what a difference they make to the landscape. Imagine if the Victorians hadn’t put plane trees in London’s streets; if boat builders at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar hadn’t planted oak trees to provide their successors with materials for a new fleet, or more recently, the planners hadn’t made space for flowering cherry trees to line residential roads. Close your eyes and…

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Visionary made Shropshire town a tree lined paradise

Shropshire town

Chris Upton looks at how two Victorian philanthropists helped to make their Shropshire town green. Loveliest of trees, the cherry now”, wrote A. E. Housman in A Shropshire Lad. And (a few poems later) he talks of the aspen heaving “its rainy-sounding silver leaves”. They like their trees in Shropshire. Indeed, there are parts of the county where you can see little else. Perhaps that was why Abraham Darby switched to burning coal in his Coalbrookdale furnaces; it certainly spared an awful lot of trees. But great clumps of the things (technically known as a wood) are all very well, and wild…

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Berkshire aerial sprays to kill oak processionary moth to continue

Oak Processionary Moth

More woodland is to be sprayed with bacteria from the air to eliminate the oak processionary moth caterpillar, despite fears of the effect on other wildlife. Parts of Sulham Woods near Tilehurst, Berkshire, will be targeted by the Forestry Commission in May. The commission’s first spraying nearby sparked an outcry. A commission spokesman said it had found evidence the oak processionary moth, which destroys oak trees and is harmful to humans, was still present. ‘Extremely concerned’ He said the bacterial agent used, Bacillus thuringiensis, was “not known to cause any harm to humans or most animals.” But Butterfly Conservation chief…

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Barcham’s 2015 Big Barn Conference to be Britain’s biggest ever

Big Barn Conference

Barcham Trees, Europe’s largest container tree nursery, has announced details of the Big Barn Conference to be held at its Ely, Cambridgeshire, headquarters on Wednesday, 17 June 2015.  The event’s organiser, Barcham’s sales director Keith Sacre, has secured a group of world-class arboricultural experts as speakers to the expected 550 delegates for whom attendance, plus breakfast and lunch, is completely free of charge. “We believe our 2015 Big Barn Conference will be the biggest arboricultural gathering of its kind ever held in the UK, and I am delighted we have nine speakers from three continents to make the day a…

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