November 13, 2018

Fallen Pontfadog oak gene plan moves a step forward

Pontfadog oak

Plans to clone a 1,200-year-old Pontfadog oak tree which was toppled by strong winds a year ago have taken a step forward. Tree experts have successfully grafted cuttings from the Pontfadog Oak, which was reputed to be one of the UK’s oldest and largest oaks. The cuttings were taken with the aim of creating a genetic match for the tree, near Chirk, in Wrexham county. Legend says the tree, which came down on 18 April 2013, was once a meeting point for a medieval Welsh prince. Owain Gwynedd is said to have met his troops under the tree in the…

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Civic Trees

Civic Trees, part of the national green spaces company Glendale, is undertaking a major urban tree planting project in the London borough of Brent. The £25,000 contract for the planting programme is with Brent Council and forms part of the council’s plans for enhancing the A5 Cricklewood Broadway. 39 London plane (Platanus x acerifolia) trees have so far been planted along the route in specially dug pits designed to help the trees bed in and protect the underground utilities. Each pit is designed to fit exactly in the space allowed and has been filled with top soil.  The trees have…

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750,000 larch trees replace felled disease woodland

Larch trees

More than 750,000 larch trees have been planted across Wales over the past 18 months to replace those felled due to disease, says Natural Resources Wales. Surveys in 2013 found the disease had spread more quickly than expected after a wet and warm winter better allowed the spores to travel to other trees. NRW It said more than 6,600 hectares (16,000) of woodland had been infected. Restored areas include Wentwood Forest, near Newport and Bwlch Nant yr Arian, near Aberystwyth. In October last year, NRW said diseased trees across an area the size of around 300 football pitches were being…

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New Council Members for ICF


The Insitute of Chartered Foresters’ (ICF) AGM took place on Wednesday 2nd April, in Birmingham, and saw 5 new Councillors elected. New faces on the ICF Council include Institute Fellows Jonathan Baker, Huw Davies and Sharon Hosegood, and Professional Members Michael Carroll, and Tracy Clarke. The Council is made up of 14 members and acts as a governing body for the Insitute, headed by the President and Vice President. Existing ICF President Prof Julian Evans OBE FICFor, and Vice-President David Henderson-Howat FICFor were reelected at AGM without competition. Profiles: Jonathan Baker FICFor CEnv M.Arbor.A MIfL Jonathan has worked in forestry…

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Partnership launched between three forestry organisations


Three major organisations serving public interests in forestry have come together, forming a powerful partnership to foster sustainable forest management in Britain. The Royal Forestry Society, Small Woods Association and the Sylva Foundation will be working together to support woodland owners in caring for their woodlands. The majority (72 per cent) of all forested land in the UK is owned and managed by private woodland owners. Ensuring that our woodlands are resilient to future challenges ‒ including pests, pathogens and climate change ‒ while also being capable of supporting biodiversity and producing timber, requires the active engagement and support of…

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Arboricultural Association gains TrustMark approval

Arboricultural Association

The Arboricultural Association has been working with TrustMark for the last six months to progress the Association’s approval under the scheme – and they made it! As Technical Officer and manager of the Association’s Approved Contractor Scheme, Paul Smith is delighted: ‘This is a very exciting development for the Association which couldn’t have come at a better time as our approval coincides with Trustmark’s relaunch. ‘Our existing contractor accreditation is very much health, safety and environment driven, and includes on-site competence checks, so the TrustMark approval will complement and enhance Approved Contractor status. Many of our contractors work mainly in…

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conifers for colleges

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is launching a flagship programme – Conifers for Colleges – to involve forestry students in research into the species which will ensure a healthy UK timber industry in the future. Moulton College in Northamptonshire and Myerscough College in Preston are the first to confirm trial plots with planting planned for the autumn. Up to five colleges will be involved during Year One with more joining in subsequent years. Conifers for Colleges recognises that conifers are vital to the UK’s forestry and timber industries and that the challenges caused by climate change, pests and diseases mean UK timber growers may no longer…

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