December 15, 2018

The City of London Oak Processionary Moth Garden

Oak Processionary Moth

One of the Fresh gardens at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year was the City of London Oak Processionary Moth Garden, designed by Society of Garden Designers member Helen Elks-Smith and built by Wycliffe Landscapes. This garden aims to raise awareness of OPM, and the distress it can cause humans as well as the environment – particularly the oak trees that the caterpillars call their home. In this garden, a stand of oak trees is shrouded by bespoke textiles. The oak trees are shrouded in fabric to symbolise disease and death. The whole design was a play on…

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Scotland’s timber industry warns of forest slump

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Scotland’s forestry and timber industry has said not enough trees are being planted now to meet expected demand for wood in 50 to 100 years time. Industry body Confor said trees for commercial use could take up to 40 years to grow but that there had been a fall in planting since 1990. Public agency Forestry Commission Scotland said there were good levels of supply for the next 20 years. It said it would need to work with the private sector to meet later demand. Confor said Forestry Commission Scotland’s 50-year and 100-year timber supply forecasts showed a shortage of…

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Over £70,000 of equipment stolen from Cranfield tree surgeon

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MORE than £70,000 worth of equipment has been stolen from a tree surgeon in Cranfield. Items taken from Trim A Tree off College Road include 20 chainsaws, two wood chippers and a stump grinder, which would have meant that the burglars needed a van to take the gear away. The burglary has meant that Ray Brown, owner of the tree surgeon’s and landscaping company, has lost between £4,000 and £5,000 worth of business due to jobs he had to cancel. Bedfordshire Police confirmed that a burglary took place between 10pm and 5.30am overnight between Monday and yesterday, and received a…

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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

Lancaster Canal

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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