November 19, 2017

British Hardwood Tree Nursery donates young oaks for Lincoln Cathedral roof restoration in 100 years


It takes over 100 years for an oak tree to grow to the maturity needed to create timber for Lincoln Cathedral roof. Thankfully, the Cathedral team, sponsored and supported by Nettleham Woodland Trust and British Hardwood Tree Nursery, have the foresight to plant now! Young oak saplings have been donated by Lincolnshire-based British Hardwood Tree Nursery.  The saplings will be planted at an official ceremony when the bare root planting season commences this Autumn. The planting celebrates the 800 years’ anniversary of the Charter of the Forest and the Battle of Lincoln which took place in 1217. Lincoln Cathedral are…

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Makita UK supports DART International’s operation airlift in Caribbean


Specialist disaster relief charity DART International UK, the response team of volunteer British arborists, has again deployed teams to the stricken Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma which hit the region early in September. This, one of the most powerful and catastrophic Atlantic Ocean hurricanes recorded, has claimed many lives, destroyed homes, schools and hospitals, and has accounted for mass evacuation in the face of life threatening wind impact. Just days later, Hurricane Maria followed the same path of destruction. Flying initially to Barbados, then directly on to mountainous Dominica, 90% destroyed, the DART team began a two-week mission…

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Hailsham’s marlow ropes to help support breast cancer


To support Breast Cancer Awareness a percentage of the profits from the sale of Marlow’s pink Arb rope will go to the charity. The vibrant pink yarn was introduced in the Gecko FCR 2 climbing rope two years ago and is used throughout the arboriculture sector. Jon Mitchell, MD, Marlow Rope said: “Marlow contributes to a range of charities every year. Cancer Research UK is just one of the charities we support. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and our vivid pink yarn is the perfect fit for this chaitable initiative.” Earlier this year, Marlow also…

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Green trees for green growth


The inclusion of forestry and timber in the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy could be a ‘game changer’ for the sector, according to the Chief Executive of Confor. Stuart Goodall welcomed the fact the document links an 11 million tree planting target to green, clean growth in rural communities and using more UK timber in construction. The document commits to “establish a new network of forests in England including new woodland on farmland, and fund larger-scale woodland and forest creation, in support of our commitment to plant 11 million trees, and increase the amount of UK timber used in construction”. Mr Goodall…

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Sheffield campaigner climbs 150-year-old Vernon Oak in protest


An activist scaled a 150-year-old oak tree in Sheffield in a bid to prevent it from being felled as part of the city council’s controversial Streets Ahead programme. Residents gathered in the street where the Vernon Oak is sited today in the hope of stopping the council from tearing it down. TV presenter Vernon Kay is among campaigners who have appealed to Sheffield City Council to re-think pavement resurfacing plans on Vernon Road and save the much-loved oak. In a video appeal, he said: “Sheffield Council, come on. It’s only a pavement – I’m sure you’ve got a few quid…

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Charlecote Park’s historic tree-lined avenue to return in Leamington


An historic tree-lined avenue is set to be restored at Charlecote Park. The National Trust, which cares for the 16th century country house and surrounding park, plans to carry out the project over the next five years. When completed it will re-create the approach to the house which visitors used to enjoy for 400 years but which has been missing for over half a century. In addition, important outbuildings telling stories of hardworking household staff from the turn of the century will be opened up for visitors to explore. The work has been made possible by the purchase of an…

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Masked protesters in Sheffield sat inside exclusion zones


Two masked tree protesters have been captured on camera flouting a High Court order in Sheffield. The long-running Sheffield felling saga took another twist this week after two people with covered faces entered ‘exclusion zones’ around trees set for the chop. The ‘exclusion zones’ are protected by a High Court injunction and is aimed to stop protesters obstructing council workers. Council bosses called the move ‘disappointing and unacceptable’ and are set to press forward with ‘further court action and potential imprisonment’. The picture is understood to have been taken from Meersbrook Park Road. Green councillor Alison Teal and Calvin Payne…

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One million almond trees in Mallorca hit with Xylella fastidiosa bacterium


At least one million almond trees have been infected with a deadly tree disease. A devastating report from scientist Eduardo Moralejo estimates that 150,000 Mallorcan almond trees have died in the past decade alone from the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium. His “conservative projection” is that between 800,000 and 950,000 trees are currently infected with the pathogen. Moralejo was a voice in the wilderness when he first sounded the alarm over Xylella fastidiosa back in 2010. Today the threat posed by the disease to Mallorca’s agricultural sector is common knowledge. But while olive farmers rejoiced at the EU’s decision not to cull…

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100,000th tree planted by Peterborough Environment City Trust


A Peterborough charity has branched out successfully after planting its 100,000th tree in the city. Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) hit the milestone for its Forest for Peterborough project on Saturday and marked it with a ceremony at Central Park, where the landmark tree was planted near to the sunken garden. PECT’s CEO Carly Leonard said: “We are so grateful for the support of all the volunteers, individuals and organisations who have dedicated time and enthusiasm towards making this project possible. “Together we are working to transform the city’s landscape and forming a vital network of wildlife corridors and green…

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Vernon Kay supports Sheffield tree in Twitter video


TV presenter Vernon Kay has thrown his weight behind a campaign to save a Sheffield tree up for the axe, with video released on his Twitter.  The Bolton-born star, more commonly known for his work on All Star Family Fortunes and T4, has denounced Sheffield Council in its bid to chop down the Vernon Oak on Vernon Road in Dore. The tree is just one of many earmarked in the long-running felling saga between Sheffield Council, contractor Amey and campaigners who are fighting to save it. The Vernon Oak was nominated for the Sheffield Tree of the Year 2017. The…

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