November 20, 2017

Campaigners urge for St Aubin’s Bay tree-lined avenue to rival Cannes


Members of Save Jersey’s Heritage, who teamed up with the JEP earlier this year to launch the Our Island: Keep Jersey Special campaign to improve public spaces, say that the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm is an opportunity to think about trees. During the storm on 16 October 1987 a huge number of tress were lost. The JEP campaign has focused on a number of ways in which the look and feel of the Island could be improved, including through the removal of unnecessary signs and bins and better planting. Former States Deputy and a founding member of SJH…

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Tree conference invites community-led initiatives for reforestation in Somerset


The conference highlights vital role of trees for the wellbeing of people and planet. Community-led proposals for tree planting and global reforestation will be debated and explored at The Tree Conference at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury, POSTCODE: BA6 9FT on Saturday 4 November from 9am to 6pm GMT and will be view-able as a live conference and online. Leading-edge tree scientists, tree and reforestation project leaders, climate change experts and artists will come together to share their research, practical projects and visions for re-greening our future. Suzi Martineau, Organiser of The Tree Conference, says: “Mounting evidence shows that…

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Paul Wood author of London Street Trees says Hackney is an ‘urban arboretum’


One of the capital’s foremost experts on street trees and the ‘urban forest’ will be leading an arboreal tour through Hackney this weekend. Starting from Haggerston train station, the appropriately-named Paul Wood will lead a group around the borough’s most exotic trees, taking in Stonebridge Gardens, Albion Square and De Beauvoir, this coming Sunday 15 October at 10:30am. Wood, author of the recent London Street Trees guide that comes complete with a foreword from Mayor Sadiq Khan, told the Citizen how this area stirred from humble beginnings to become the leafy locale it is today: “For several reasons: inbuilt resistance to things like climate…

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New interactive tree trail launches The University of Manchester


The University of Manchester has launched a new interactive Tree Trail to encourage people to get outside and discover more about the trees around them. The University is encouraging staff, students and the local community to get out and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits associated with nature and the outdoors and learn something new about the trees they may see every day. The new Tree Trail is a project led by the Environmental Sustainability team which has worked closely with Urban Green and City of Trees to develop three distinct trails that highlight 50 of the 1,500 trees across Oxford Road Campus, North Campus…

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Activists evicted from field after chaining themselves to trees in protest of ‘illegal’ HS2 works


A small group of activists have been evicted from HS2 land after chaining themselves to trees to prevent them being chopped down. The STOP HS2 activists tied themselves up on land owned by HS2 Limited in Harvil Road, Harefield , on Tuesday (October 10). The protest followed a three-day occupation of a digger on the same site the week before. Activists and the company are locked in a dispute over the felling of trees of the land, which is being cleared to make way for a high-speed rail link between London and the West Midlands. Sarah Green, who led both protests, told getwestlondon that she was evicted from…

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Kenilworth trees given permanent protection from felling


Threatened trees in a rural part of Kenilworth have been given permanent protection from unauthorised felling after fears they could be cut down. The trees, which run from Rouncil Farm in Rouncil Lane west to Roundshill Farm had marks painted on them in August. This led Rouncil Farm’s owner Ray Tebby to put up notices warning nearby residents and walkers the trees could be felled. Although Warwick District Council claimed this was not the case, an emergency Tree Preservation Order (TPO) was subsequently placed on the 161 trees by the council before it made a firm decision on protecting them….

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Hundreds of trees in Aberdeen hit by Dutch elm disease


Aberdeen City Council will close off roads across the city in a bid to fell trees which have Dutch elm disease. So far around 60 have already been chopped down this year. Over the coming months Willowbank Road, Westburn Drive, Rosehill Drive and Hilton Street will be shut as they have up to 10 dead or dying trees on them. The arboricultural service at the local authority has noted Kincorth, Summerhill, Rosehill, Cults, Culter, Stoneywood and Bridge of Don are all particularly affected by outbreaks of the disease. Dutch elm disease is one of the most serious tree diseases in…

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Clayton Fields Action Group campaign for woodland walk


Campaigners are pressing for pathways running through a beauty spot destined for housing to be recognised as official public rights of way. Members of Clayton Fields Action Group will take their case for registering the footpaths through the site off Edgerton Road in Edgerton to a meeting of Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield area planning sub-committee. The group has already succeeded in getting developer Seddon Homes Ltd to open a gate across one of the “claimed routes” to allow pedestrian access – following lobbying by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, ward councillors and Chris Sutcliffe, deputy headteacher at St Patrick’s School at Birkby….

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Volunteer tree warden sought by Portishead Town Council


Portishead Town Council, when assessing planning applications, often seeks advice from a volunteer tree warden before making decisions. The former post-holder has resigned and a replacement is 
now needed. The role also includes gathering information about trees in the town and encouraging conservation ideas. Sharon Sherborne, the council’s assistant clerk, said: “The volunteer can do as much or as little as they choose, from acting as the eyes and ears of the local neighbourhood to leading guided tree walks and giving talks to local groups. “We would really appreciate anyone with knowledge of trees to share their expertise with us.”…

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Support the launch of the Woodland Trust’s Charter for Trees, Woods and People


The Charter will launch on 6 November, 800 years after the 1217 Charter of the Forest that re-established rights of access to the royal forest in medieval England On 6 November 2017, the 800th anniversary of the influential 1217 Charter of the Forest, the Woodland Trust will launch the Charter for Trees, Woods and People. Rooted in more than 60,000 ‘tree stories’ gathered from people of all backgrounds across the UK, and supported by more than 70 organisations across multiple sectors, the new Charter will recognise, celebrate and protect the right of the UK public to access trees and woods. The Woodland Trust…

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