October 17, 2018

A ray of light for ancient woodland in Northern Ireland

Thanks to a £1.9 million boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Woodland Trust has embarked upon a UK-wide project which could see the restoration of up to 52,000 hectares (200 square miles) of damaged ancient woodland. Ancient woodland – which links back to the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago – is scarce and irreplaceable, and supports a complex web of species, some rare and vulnerable. In the 20th century, many of our precious ancient woods were felled and replanted with non-native conifers in the post-war drive for timber self-sufficiency.Now up and running, the Woodland Trust project will see…

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Award remembers a remarkable forester

A remarkable forester who managed the Froyle Estate woodlands in Hampshire for nearly 60 years until his death aged 88 has been honoured by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS). Walter Start, who lived in Lower Froyle, Alton, had also been involved in the management of forestry at Herriard Park and Rotherfield Park, and had served on numerous national and regional forestry committees, winning awards for his work both on the Froyle Estate and at Rotherfield Park. The RFS Long Service Award had been approved before Walter’s death and was awarded posthumously to his family by RFS Southern Divisional immediate past…

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100-year-old oak tree saved after green campaigner’s cage protest

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A councillor has won his fight to save an old oak tree in Nuneaton.Keith Kondakor staged a determined protest when the 100-year-old tree was destined for the chop because it stood in the way of a a building site access road. The Green campaigner locked himself in a metal cage around the tree on Wednesday to keep the chain saws at bay, as workmen began clearing the area alongside Weddington Road. Then, following a seven-hour stand-off, Coun Kondakor was told the tree was being reprieved – with the developers offering “to find an amicable solution.” James Wilson, managing director of Davidsons Homes, had…

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Housebuilder rapped after Stafford landmark tree ‘destroyed’

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ONE of the country’s biggest housebuilders has been rapped by Stafford magistrates after a tree surgeon was fined for damaging a protected pine tree. Magistrates were told Daniel Smith used a chain saw to remove the branches from a Corsican Pine – which was protected by a tree preservation order – ready for it to be cut down. They said “a lot of the responsibility” lay with Taylor Wimpey for not identifying the tree on their plans. The work was being undertaken on the land at the town’s Rotherwood Drive as part of a housing development for Taylor Wimpey. Julie…

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Genetics and the Value of Trees A seminar with Peter Thomas

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The season of arboricultural seminars at Barcham Trees’ Cambridgeshire nursery continued in late May when Dr Peter Thomas, senior lecturer in Botanical and Environmental Science at KeeleUniversity, led a fascinating day on how our knowledge of trees has increased in recent years and a discussion of their value to us.  He is the author of ‘Trees, Their Natural History’, which has been newly re-published following its first edition 14 years ago. Peter Thomas began the day with a wry nod to Monty Python’s Flying Circus in asking his audience “What have genetics ever done for us?”.  The answer was “quite…

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Number of trees will double on busy Sheffield road

The number of trees lining Sheffield’s second busiest road is to be more than doubled as part of improvements to make it ‘faster, cleaner, greener and safer’ . Sheffield Council is removing 40 trees from Penistone Road – used by almost 60,000 drivers every day – as £5 million work to improve traffic flow and ease congestion continues. Readers had raised concerns with The Star that the ‘perfectly healthy trees’ were being felled. But the council says the trees need to be axed because of their unsuitable locations close to where the central reservation is being changed. They will be replaced with more…

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New legislation to help tackle Larch disease in southern Scotland

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A new Plant Health Order will now make it easier for the forestry sector to deal with the extensive outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum on larch trees in south west Scotland, especially when it comes to administering the movement of infected materials. The new Order applies only to an area called the ‘Management Zone’ where high levels of infection are already widespread. Due to the scale of the outbreak in this region, continuing with the approach of issuing individual Statutory Plant Health Notices and Movement Licences to owners of infected larch trees is no longer seen as practical or the most…

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Church in Wales campaign to protect yew trees

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A campaign to help protect yew trees up to 5,000 years old has been launched by the Church in Wales. It will offer advice on how to manage and make the most of the trees, which are often found in churchyards. A survey has found that the Church in Wales owns 334 yews which are between 500 and 800 years old. The church said it was keen to protect such a precious heritage for future generations. Information about where to get the best advice for managing yew trees will be sent to parishes and communities which have some of the…

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Joy as Chorley trees get the chop

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Residents in two Chorley village streets are delighted that a long battle with over-grown trees has finally ended. Homeowners on Daisy Meadow and Preston Road, in Clayton-le-Woods spent years campaigning for trees to be cut down after they constantly blocked the sunlight, and littered their gardens with branches. A petition was launched by residents and Coun Steve Murfitt to have the trees cut down. After liaising with property management firm Places for People, the trees have finally been cut. Michelle Jordan, a resident in the area, said: “We used to live down the road and it was never a problem…

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Let’s draw a line under badly planted trees….

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This wet and windy spell of weather has made it all too easy to see which trees have been planted too deep over recent years. I saw a Lime gently rocking in the soil yesterday, its trunk leaving an ever increasing hollow in the soil line, signifying that its root system is buried way below the correct level. It is widely recognised that planting trees too deep is a major cause for premature decline. Tree roots need oxygen and water blended in measure so inevitably grow within the top metre of the soil. We tell clients buying a Barcham Tree…

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