December 15, 2018

Tree protection for Davenham oak trees

Oak trees

OAK trees that edge a Davenham field will be protected for the future. Davenham Parish Council has been lobbying for Tree Protection Orders (TPOs) to be placed on the oaks surrounding Butchers Stile field. The council has now heard from Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) that it will proceed with the application. CWAC has suggested that one of the trees is dead and should be crowned and left as wildlife habitat while another may need pruning as it is overhanging a neighbouring garden. Clr David Ravenscroft, Davenham Parish Council’s tree expert, agreed that the overhanging branches could be pruned…

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Positive Feedback for R2 Register of Tree Work Operatives at Pilot

R2 Tree register for work

The first pilot programmes for R2 Register of Tree Work Operatives are now underway. Tree work businesses and self employed tree workers are now using the on-line software where they can keep a record of their skills, training and experience. The pilot programmes are running as far afield as Dartmoor, Norwich, Oxford and Watford, with more dates in the diary for pilots starting in May. Feedback from tree workers on the pilot has been very positive to date. They are particularly interested in the job levels being recognised as an industry standard that is quality assured so they can see…

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Anger after vandals damage tree

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PROTECTORS of historic land in Ashby have slammed ‘wanton vandals’ after a tree was severely damaged. Members of the Friends of the Bath Grounds carried out emergency repairs after the tree was stripped of bark, but fear it may be beyond help. Rope has been tied around the damaged section but the group is concerned about the effect it will have on the ‘much-loved’ tree. A group spokesman said: “It is not known who carried out this wanton vandalism. “Removal of the bark to such an extent means that it won’t be able to transport foods from leaves to the…

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Elm trees set for bright future thanks to new project?

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Thousands of the county’s disease-threatened elm trees could have a brighter future thanks to a new project. Over the next two years the Ulmus Maritime project will work to protect 30,000 rare elm trees around the South Downs following a £98,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Around 30 million of the much-loved trees were killed off across the country as a result of Dutch elm (DED) in the 1970s. But now the project, with help from East Sussex County Council, will help regenerate the elm population and raise awareness of their fight against the disease. Through guided walks, workshops…

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Cameron urged to pass law to protect Britain’s woodland

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Britain’s woodland is in danger unless David Cameron keeps his promise to pass laws preventing public forests from being sold off, leading conservationists have said in a letter to the Telegraph. The Government was forced into making a U-turn after hundreds of thousands of people protested against a proposal to sell swathes of the Public Forest Estate (PFE) in 2011. However, despite an assurance that an independent management organisation for the PFE would be established in statute to hold the woodland in trust for the nation, nothing has been done and the letter’s signatories are demanding action “before it is…

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Tree damage runs into the millions

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Over £25million worth of damage has been caused to new homes by trees over the last six years, according to figures released by NHBC. The UK’s leading warranty provider and standard setting body for new build homes is so concerned by the scale of the claims that it has today issued guidance to home owners advising them of the best practice when planting trees close to their homes. The figures show that over £25million of claims were made by owners of new homes for damage to their property caused by trees between 2008 and 2013. Last year alone, NHBC paid…

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Museum launches tree identification app

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A free app for iPhone created by the Natural History Museum, using technology similar to facial recognition software, enables users to take a simple photo of a leaf and have it matched to a database of 156 tree species. Its launch coincides with the UN’s International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, created to promote understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues worldwide. As well as instant species identification, the app also contains more than 2,000 high-res images of tree features, such as flowers, fruit, bark and leaves. Fact files are also available, including information on whether the tree is native or…

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A259 trees are axed amid railway safety concern

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The tangled pile of trees below is all that remains of a green curtain running along the railway line on the Rustington/Angmering boundary. The sorry-looking stack of timber stands beside the A259 on land being prepared for a development including a showroom and workshops for BMW and Mini dealer Chandlers, and two blocks of shops. However, developer Store Property Investments was not responsible for clearing the trees from the site’s southern boundary – they were removed at the request of Network Rail. “We were contacted by Network Rail at the end of September after they identified a lot of the…

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Doctor fined for poisoning trees in Stone

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A doctor who killed trees by poisoning them at his property in Stone has been ordered to pay more than £4,000. Dr Stephen Hearing destroyed a lime and copper beech tree and damaged another copper beech tree in Westover Drive. At the time, in June 2011, all three were protected by preservation orders. Hearing, 47, now of Station Road, Derby, admitted charges under the Town and Country Planning Act. Stafford magistrates made him pay a £3,400 fine, £595 costs and a £120 victim surcharge. He was caught after a tree surgeon was called to do some work at the property…

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Tree marks connection with Barking and Dagenham’s German counterparts

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How many mayors does it take to plant a tree? Just two – one from England, the other from Germany. In a special ceremony that marked 35 years of Barking and Dagenham’s successful twinning with Witten, in north west Germany, mayor Sonja Leidemann and borough mayor Cllr Hardial Singh Rai shared a shovel to plant a Purple European Beech tree. The significant sapling was put to soil near the war memorial at Barking Park, owing to the Second World War connection that saw the two areas officially twinned in 1979. Back in 1948, members of community church organisation Kingsley Hall,…

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