August 17, 2018

People power plants seeds for forest regeneration

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A major new plan to restore Scotland’s ancient woodlands has been unveiled after a landmark community buyout of “surplus” forest in the Highlands was agreed. The regeneration project got the go-ahead after Forestry Commission Scotland agreed to sell 1,086 hectares of woods in Lochaber to the Achnacarry, Bunarkaig and Clunes (ABC) Group, in partnership with conservation charity Trees for Life. The deal is being done under the National Forest Land Scheme, which allows communities, non-governmental organisations and housing bodies to acquire state-owned woodlands declared surplus. It is believed to be the first time a conservation charity has teamed up with a…

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Trees donated to schools and community groups across Surrey

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MORE than 7,000 trees have been given away in Surrey, with more saplings up for grabs in the autumn. The Woodland Trust has just sent out 81 free tree packs to the Surrey area, totalling 7,920 individual trees. The trees, made available to community groups and schools for planting this spring, were offered with the aim of making schools, neighbourhoods and communities greener. Anyone who missed out this time can still apply for packs up until September 4, to be delivered in November. Community groups such as gardening clubs, Brownies, Scouts and many more applied for either a small (30…

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Whitnash group thanks community following vandal attack

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A Whitnash community group has thanked locals for rallying round to replace a group of trees after they were ‘mindlessly’ destroyed in an attack by vandals. As part of a £74,000 revamp in September 2012, new play equipment including a skate park was installed at Acre Close in Whitnash. In July last year, an avenue of crab apple and cherry blossom trees were planted to help improve the overall look of the park. But three of those trees – two of which were sponsored by nearby schools, Whitnash Primary and Briar Hill – were destroyed by vandals in January, which…

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Volunteers plant trees along route of Lancaster Canal

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VOLUNTEERS have planted 400 bushes and shrubs over the past year as part of the restoration of the Lancaster Canal between Stainton Crossing and Sellet Hall Bridges. While engineers are hard at work restoring the canal bed, an arboreal team has been giving the Hincaster Tunnel and Horse Path — both listed ancient monuments — some tender loving care. The team has been cutting away unwanted scrub and planting bushes and shrubs along this section, with 350 planted up to the tunnel and another 50 beyond. Working alongside English Heritage, a great deal of care has been taken choosing the…

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Merstham resident wages one-man war to save town’s trees

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Trees in Merstham are dying and nothing is being done to save them. This is the claim of one frustrated resident who is taking matters into his own hands, installing protective guards to try to protect saplings planted in the area. In recent years young trees have been planted in green areas around the town, such as in the Brook Road open space area and the orchard off Malmstone Avenue. But Drummond Richardson, a computer programmer who lives close to the Brook Road green, says they are being damaged around the base of the trunk and dying as a result. The…

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Thirsk Market trees row moves to House of Commons

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THE uproar over the removal of trees from Thirsk market place has moved to the House of Commons, where a petition will be presented on behalf of residents. A group of residents have put together a petition urging Hambleton District Council to replace the five mature birches which were removed from Thirsk Market Place. It declares that Hambleton District Council has “not explained in detail how it came to its decision to remove five healthy birch trees” from a conversation area and claims no public consultation was taken over their removal. Hambleton District Council said the trees had to be removed without…

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Legal challenge over controversial tree felling thrown out

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A legal challenge over tree felling trees controversy at Druitt Gardens, a Christchurch beauty spot, has been rejected by the High Court. The application for a judicial review into how the felling of the trees in Druitt Gardens was handled by Christchurch Council was made by local businessman and campaigner Alistair Somerville Ford. Four trees were cut down in Druitt Gardens in February, just weeks after councillors voted to put preservation orders on them. Renaissance Retirement, which has permission to build a retirement complex on the adjacent Cornfactor site, says the trees were damaged on two separate occasions during an archaeological dig….

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Mystery as trees felled on Council-owned land in Clayton

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Police are on the hunt for people who posed as workmen and hacked at more than a dozen trees on a playing field, reducing some to stumps. The random fellings, on the council-owned land in Clayton, have left residents puzzled. Coun Carol Ann Thirkill (Lab, Clayton and Fairweather Green) is worried that more of the 100 trees will be targeted if the culprit is not found. She said: “They’re council owned trees and it’s absolutely criminal damage,” she said. The sycamores and birches were planted 25 years ago by the local community and paid for through funding for environmental improvement projects, secured…

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Government publishes plan for tackling tree diseases

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DEFRA, the Department for Food Environment & Rural Affairs, has now produced its tree health management plan with input from the Landscape Institute. The report was produced with advice from a seven-member tree health policy group one of whom was Roger Kent, representing the Landscape Institute. Kent, who is chair of the LI’s biosecurity working group, said, ‘I am quite pleased with the tree health management plan.  It is comprehensive and it does face the extent of the problem. It is looking for real solutions.’ He added, ‘The shortcomings are that there is no compulsory enforcement of some of the…

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Residents fight to save lime trees with new ‘pocket park’

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A residents’ association is determined to keep a slice of nature close-by in Wood Green by saving its native lime trees. Parkside Malvern Residents Association is proposing a “pocket park” just off Hornsey Park Road, which they say will be an important open space near both the Haringey Heartlands housing development and The Mall Wood Green. John Miles, a member of the association said that there was a feeling among residents that Hornsey Park Road was over-populated, and set to become even more so. He added that the ‘pocket park’ was part of an effort to resist the impact of…

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