October 18, 2018

Thirsk residents angry over removal of trees


A North Yorkshire MP has petitioned Parliament over the removal of trees from Thirsk Market Place. Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk,Malton and Filey, presented the petition, which had been signed by Thirsk residents, angry at the removal of birch trees from the Market Place. She said: “I have been contacted by many constituents who have been angry and disappointed that the trees were removed so suddenly from the Market Place and without any consultation. “I hope that this petition will go some way in encouraging Hambleton District Council to think again and take note of the concerns of Thirsk residents. Feelings…

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Thetford beauty spot gets six new London Plane trees

London Plane

One of Thetford’s most scenic spots has been added to further after a conservation group extended an avenue of London Plane trees. Six more London Plane trees have been purchased and planted by the Thetford Society on the avenue near the Nun’s Bridges Road. The trees were planted on the stretch between the Gentle Bridge and British Trust for Ornithology after a bequest from former Society member, Evelyn Flint. They join London Planes which were planted last year. The trees were again supplied by Barcham Trees, in Ely, and society members Phil Waring and Stuart Wilson were advised and assisted…

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Injections could protect oak trees from processionary moth


A potential new solution for the control of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) is said to be showing promising results. Trials using a pioneering technique of micro-injection with known infestations ‘could offer an effective future option to manage spreading pest populations and in minimising its extreme threat to human health’ says Syngenta TreeCare. This season’s widespread spraying of parks, streets and private gardens is currently under way, using a combination of indiscriminate broad-spectrum insecticide or biological controls. However, successive years of repeated treatment – along with tree felling and manual nest removal – have failed to prevent the continued spread of…

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Timothy Tolliss Scoops RFS Award


Timothy Tolliss MICFor CEnv has been honoured with an award from the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) in recognition of his contribution to improving and maintaining some of the country’s best woodlands. Timothy, former Secretary and Chair of the ICF North England regional committee, received the award following 30 years of service in the forestry industry. He is currently Working Forest Manager at the Duncombe Park Estate, in Helmsley, Yorkshire. Timothy explained his work there: “At Duncombe Park I have overseen the transition of estate woodlands from one that was fundamentally timber producing to an UKWAS Certified forest that supports the…

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Breeders Could Adapt Trees to Climate Change


Trees may be more adept at adapting to climate change than once thought. Scientists have discovered a gene that controls the awakening of trees from winter dormancy, which is a critical factor in their ability to adjust to environmental changes associated with climate change. The timings of annual cycles-when trees open their leaves, produce flowers, or go dormant-help trees adapt to environmental signals associated with climate. Yet genetics have to keep up as a climate changes. That’s why the researchers decided to trace what is known as the bud-break gene, also known was EBB1. The scientists developed modified trees that overproduced EBB1 genes and emerged from…

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Nature offers a great return on investment according to new report


A new report demonstrating that investment in nature offers excellent value for money has been published today by Natural England. The report, ‘Microeconomic Evidence for the Benefits of Investment in the Environment’ (MEBIE 2), assesses the evidence across a wide range of themes, including economic growth, health, social cohesion and resilience to climate change. Presented in an easily accessible format, the evidence meets national Government standards for decision making and will be of particular interest to anyone involved in land use planning or management. The growing evidence base demonstrates: The natural environment provides physical health benefits improving air quality, noise and…

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Glendale donates £1,000 to disaster charity


Glendale is backing a charity set up to help make trees safe in disasters zones across the world by donating £1,000 and a package of support. The green services company is sponsoring DART International UK, a humanitarian response team which relies on donations to carry out its work. This money will be spent on training, deployments and aid missions. Glendale is also providing a range of other services to the organisation, including IT and marketing support. The team was set up by highly skilled, arboriculture specialists, including Glendale arborist Gary Bailey, after he witnessed first hand the aftermath of typhoon…

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Woman killed by falling branch at Kew Gardens died accidentally, jury rules

Kew Gardens

A woman who was killed by falling branch at Kew Gardens during a third birthday party died accidentally, a jury has found. Erena Wilson, 31, suffered severe head injuries in the incident in west London, in September 2012, including bruising on her left side and scalp, and an extensive brain injury. In a statement read out on their behalf after the inquest at west London coroner’s court, her parents said the loss of their daughter had left them “shattered” and called for more research to be carried out into summer branch drop, the tree condition they claimed was to blame for their…

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3ATC reaches new heights at the ARB Show


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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