December 15, 2018

Judge Sycamore saves 80-year-old ‘tree of heaven’

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Judge Sycamore saves 80-year-old ‘tree of heaven’ from Lambeth Council giving it the chop. Campaigners are celebrating after a judge called Sycamore backed their fight to stop Lambeth council felling an 82-foot tree. The 80-year-old ailanthus altissima, commonly known as “tree of heaven”, stands behind Grade II-listed Durning Library in Kennington. Lambeth wanted it felled because they said it was damaging a wall. Residents launched a two-year battle to save it and argued its huge canopy shelters “several large buildings and creates a natural environment for squirrels and birds”. Hundreds signed a petition and then last November residents secured an…

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Duchess of Cornwall to open Westonbirt Arboretum’s new building

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The Duchess of Cornwall will officially open the Westonbirt Arboretum’s new Welcome Building on Monday. She will also propagate a tree sampling to mark its completion. The new £1.4m Welcome building will include improved visitor facilities as well as a new Christopher Mitchell Information Centre where visitors can learn more about the arboretum’s history and how the world-class collection of trees are cared for by the Forestry Commission. There will be an opening performance by Cirque Bijou, specially choreographed to celebrate the opening of the new Welcome Building while looking forward to the second phase of the development which includes the construction…

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‘Don’t touch’ reminder over oak processionary caterpillar nests in London, Surrey and Berkshire

People in parts of London, Surrey and Berkshire are being reminded not to touch the nests which oak processionary caterpillars could be building in oak trees in these areas. They are also being advised to protect animals from contact with the nests, and to report sightings to the Forestry Commission or local Councils. This is because the nests contain thousands of the caterpillars’ hairs, which contain an irritating substance which can cause unpleasant skin rashes and, sometimes, eye and throat irritations in people and animals. They are also a tree pest because they eat oak leaves: large numbers can strip oak trees bare,…

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Coleg Gwent is first in Wales to join Conifers for Colleges

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Coleg Gwent in Usk is the first college in Wales to take part in an innovative new venture being led by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) to keep coniferous trees on the map for the woodland managers of the future. Conifers for Colleges recognises that the challenges caused by climate change, pests and diseases mean UK timber growers may no longer be able to rely on the traditional big five coniferous timber species – Sitka Spruce, Corsican Pine, Scots Pine, Douglas-fir and the larches. Foresters of the future will need to know about a wider mix of species and where they…

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Timberwolf manufactures 9,000th machine

Timberwolf have been designing and manufacturing chipping and shredding machines for the past 25 years. Based in Stowmarket, with an expansive dealer network spread across the UK and Europe, they have succeeded in becoming the largest seller of commercial wood chip machines in Great Britain. Timberwolf are delighted to announce the manufacture of its 9000th machine. Hot off the production line, the 9,000th machine just happened to be their TW240 (the latest addition to the Timberwolf range) and marks a significant milestone in the Timberwolf history. Since the inception over 25 years ago, they have been proud British manufacturers of…

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Sherborne’s “phantom tree planter” strikes again

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Sherborne’s phantom tree planter has struck again. In June 2013 three trees suddenly appeared on the open space area at Granville Way. After some deliberation Sherborne Town Council decided that the trees added to the landscape and they were allowed to remain. Now three more have appeared at the same site. The strange occurrence was raised at the latest meeting of Sherborne Town Council during the Mayor’s Announcements. Mayor Jon Andrews said: “It seems that the phantom tree planter of Sherborne has struck again. “Once again we do not know who has provided these trees. We have taken a look…

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Village society opposes decision to remove trees from historic Saltaire street

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Saltaire Village Society is opposing Bradford Council’s decision to remove all trees from historic Victoria Road as part of £700,000 plans to make the area more pedestrian-friendly. The plan to axe the mature chestnuts, beeches, maples and rowans was confirmed after a public consultation which gave three options: removing all trees and restoring the pavements to a high standard; removing all trees and replacing them with more appropriate species, where underground works allow, and leaving and managing the trees and pavements as they are. Option One received the most support – with 40 per cent of people who responded, or 79…

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VIDEO: Lightning-struck tree is felled at Shropshire cricket club

It has stood proud for 150 years, but took only a few seconds to come crashing to earth. A 125 foot tall lime tree was felled at Worfield Cricket Club after it was badly damaged following a lightning strike. The protected lime tree was stuck by a bolt of lightning during a thunderstorm last weekend, which left it badly damaged with two splits in its trunk. Experts came out to Worfield Cricket Club, near Bridgnorth, to assess the damage because the landmark tree has a preservation order on it. A 30-metre boundary was placed around the tree, which sat near…

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Morningside residents’ anger over felled trees

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Morningside residents are up in arms over claims developers broke their promise to spare protected trees – some of them over a century old – from the chainsaw. An 81 -home development in a conservation area at Pitsligo Road was granted planning permission in 2011, including authorisation to cut down 31 trees that were in poor condition, blocked access to the site, or stood where buildings were set to be constructed. However, Queensberry Properties and Telereal Trillium have since applied for amendments to their original application granting them permission to fell more trees, which residents say are healthy and could be…

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Thirsk residents angry over removal of trees

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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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