December 12, 2018

Storm Callum brings down trees across Greater Manchester

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Strong winds have brought trees down trees across Greater Manchester. It comes after a weather warning of strong gusts was issued for Greater Manchester this morning as Storm Callum swept into the region. Gusts of 45mph have been recorded today, while winds could reach 60mph around exposed hills, with the warning in place until midnight. In Hulme a large tree blocked the road when it came down on Moss Lane East close to the junction of Hulme High Street and the library and leisure centre. It was reported to the fire service at about 1.30pm and the incident was passed on to…

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Scottish plan to plant 500 acres of broadleaf trees above the A83


After the latest landslides at the Rest and Be Thankful, questions are being asked over why a scheme to plant trees above the road has been held up for six years. Drivers are facing diversions after the A83 at the beauty spot, in Argyll, remained closed over the weekend following fresh landslips brought on by heavy rain The motorists have been forced to take a 60-mile detour since Tuesday when 2,500 tonnes of debris tumbled down Ben Luibhean blocking the main road and the Old Military Road which is normally used as a relief route. However, after another 300 tonnes…

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Trees can rescue climate crisis


Tree Conference to share message that by protecting and regenerating our planet’s forests, we can prevent a global temperature rise beyond 1.5C. With the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report urging for global warming to be kept within 1.5C, The Tree Conference – to be held at The Merlin Theatre in Frome on Sunday 21 October – will highlight the vital role trees and reforestation can play in limiting climate change. As The Guardian reported yesterday (Tuesday 9 October), Shell boss Ben van Beurden has said this week that a huge tree-planting project the size of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest…

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Free STIHL accessories

Stihl accessories

The STIHL chainsaw promotion is back by popular demand. Users can receive STIHL accessories worth up to £87 when purchasing selected cordless and petrol chainsaws.   The promotion runs until 14 December 2018. Any customer purchasing either a cordless MSA 160 C-BQ or MSA 200 C-BQ chainsaw, as well as a petrol powered MS 180 or MS 181, will receive a pair of clear contrast goggles, a filing kit and ADVANCE MS Ergo gloves, free of charge.   Purchasing the petrol powered MS 211, MS 231 or the MS 251 saws will gift customers with ADVANCE MS Ergo gloves, a filing kit,…

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Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy extended by 50,000 trees

Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Fifty thousand trees will be winging their way across the UK next week to form part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), a network of global forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. They will be planted by 10,000 members of the public who snapped them up in a matter of minutes in a free tree giveaway made possible by a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV. The giveaway was in support of a landmark documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet, screened on ITV in April. It followed Her Majesty the Queen and…

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Forestry Roots employs recent graduates

Babworth Estate Dominic on Valtra Forestry tractor

Four young college and university leavers are starting their first paid jobs in forestry this month thanks to Forestry Roots – a unique partnership launched this year between the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the ALA Green Charitable Trust. Anthony Green of the ALA Green Charitable Trust says: “We know that the environment is crucial to our future and by working with the RFS we are supporting future foresters to achieve their potential through training and guidance. We are removing barriers to first steps into a career of great value in the woodland and forestry environment where the opportunities are…

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Warm weather helped spread of tree disease in Highlands

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This summer’s warm weather conditions have speeded up the spread of Dutch Elm Disease in the Inner Moray Firth area. A large number of trees are infected in and around Dingwall as of the last few months. The disease is a fungal infection spread by tiny bark beetles. It can rapidly wither and kill healthy trees. Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is asking the public for help to monitor and slow down the progress of the disease further north and west. ‘Flying bark beetle’ Dutch Elm Disease arrived in the south of England in the 1960s and since then it has…

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Londoners offered 49,000 free trees


Sadiq Khan is inviting Londoners, schools and local community groups to apply for thousands of free trees. A mass tree-planting event is being organised by the Mayor of London as part of his plan to help make the capital become a National Park City. Sadiq has partnered with the Woodland Trust, which will provide 24,000 trees free of charge for Londoners to plant in their gardens, with a further 25,000 trees being offered to community groups and schools across the capital, in partnership with community charity The Conservation Volunteers. The trees being given away include field maple, birch, hazel and…

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St Albans ‘Verdun’ tree shortlisted as tree of the year

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A St Albans tree which was planted to commemorate a First World War battle has been shortlisted as tree of the year. The Verdun horse chestnut tree in the Village Arcade was grown from a conker taken from the last tree standing on the battlefield of Verdun in the First World War. It was planted on January 18, 1976, and has made the shortlist for the Woodland Trust’s 2018 tree of the year competition. The Battle of Verdun was the longest battle of the war, lasting from February to December 1916. After the war, acorns and conkers were taken from…

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Outrage over plans to fell ancient trees for a temporary car park

ancient trees

A petition has been launched to save three ancient trees from being chopped down to make way for a temporary car park. Nearly 3,000 people have signed a petition to keep bulldozers from the trees in The Moor, Berkhamsted. Dacorum Borough Council granted consent for the temporary car park while a multi-storey car park is built in Lower Kings Road. As part of plans three trees, one of which is 247 years old, will be removed to allow road access to The Moor. John Bell, a Berkhamsted resident, who set up the petition against the felling, is pleading to the…

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