December 12, 2018

Huge fossil is oldest giant flowering tree in North America

flowering tree

About 92 million years ago in what’s now central Utah, a terrible storm blew over a huge flowering tree, which was washed down a river and into an ancient delta. Sediments buried part of the tree’s trunk, which then mineralized—preserving a fossil that’s now breaking records. In a new study published on Wednesday in Science Advances, researchers present the oldest evidence of large flowering trees in North America. The record-breaking fossil is a petrified log nearly six feet wide and 36 feet long. Researchers say that the tree probably stood about 170 feet tall in life, making it twice as tall as Utah’s tallest…

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Major threat to ash trees from fungal disease

fungal disease

A deadly fungal disease is threatening to wipe out a high proportion of Peterborough’s ash trees. Ash dieback has been discovered in mature trees in Bretton Woods with the problem expected to become worse over the coming years. Unfortunately there is no cure for the disease which will mean a financial hit for Peterborough City Council as it tries to look after its tree stock in the future. The authority’s natural and historic environment manager, Darren Sharpe, told Monday’s cabinet meeting: “We will have a massive peak in the outbreak of the disease in a couple of years. “We now…

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Oxford considers measures to preserve and protect trees


Measures to preserve and protect trees are the focus of an ordinance proposed by the city’s Environmental Commission and discussed by Oxford City Council at a Tuesday work session prior to their regular meeting. The Environmental Commission had submitted its proposed ordinance to Planning Commission in January of this year and that commission reviewed it and recommended amendments. For purposes of the work session, City Manager Doug Elliott recommended focusing on the original Environmental Commission document, in part because it was seven pages and less confusing that the 66-page Planning proposal. One issue in Council’s discussion involved the potential for…

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Network Rail won’t fell more trees despite calls from ORR chief

network rail

Network Rail will not increase its tree felling programme despite calls from the chief inspector of Railways to do so. Chief inspector of Railways for the Office of Rail and Road Ian Prosser urged Network Rail to cut down more trackside trees after his journey was delayed by damage to tracks during Storm Ali. Network Rail currently uses drones to map its railway lines and vegetation stretching 60m either side, which it claims allows the operator to target trees that pose a threat. However Prosser said that “more needs to be done”. “Much has been done already by Network Rail…

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GreenMech launch SURE-Trak System at APF 2018


GreenMech will use APF 2018 to launch their next generation SURE-Trak System. 2018 will see further improvements to the SAFE-Trak19-28 woodchipper’s stability and performance.   For occasions with uncomfortable ground undulations, or differing levels between the two tracks. The GreenMech SURE-Trak System option for the SAFE-Trak 19-28 ensures that both challenges can be safely overcome.   The independent pivoting track assemblies allow each track to maintain contact with the ground. This is while the contours, to provide a surer footprint and improved stability.   Furthermore, the pivoting track System allows safe traversing of slopes in excess of 35 degrees. Its…

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British team named for Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship


Team GB aim to make most of home advantage in the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship, which takes place at Echo Arena Liverpool on 19 – 20 October. British champion Elgan Pugh teams up with fellow countrymen Glen Penlington, David Thomas and Andrew Evans. Craig Golder is in reserve. This is the first time the UK has hosted the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship. Stihl TIMBERSPORTS is an international extreme sports competition series. It involves athletes sawing, slicing and chopping wood at speed, using axes and saws. The World Championship will see the best athletes from more than 20 nations around the…

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The Environmental Training Centre launches at APF

The Environmental Training centre

The Environmental Training Centre is launching at the APF at Ragley Estate, Alcester, Warwickshire on 20-22 September. This purpose built, state of the art training centre based on a picturesque rural estate in the Midlands will be delivering high quality arboricultural training by highly experienced trainers who are well respected within the industry. Courses include tree climbing and aerial rescue, chainsaw maintenance, felling and cross cutting, pesticides, rigging, CPD and refresher courses, etc. The centre has purpose built classrooms, fully equipped workshop, indoor training tree and hard and softwood plantations on site. We will be able to provide flexible and…

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Historic east Leeds tree is shortlisted for ‘tree of the year’ award

east Leeds tree

An iconic east Leeds tree with a romantic history has been shortlisted in a Britain-wide competition to find the ‘Tree of the Year’ 2018. History of the tree Nellie’s Tree in Parlington is one of England’s finalists in the contest run by The Woodland Trust. History has it that nearly 100 years ago, a young Garforth man, Victor Stead, would walk along the old colliery railway to visit his Nellie Mosby, a young lady he was courting who lived in nearby Aberford. One day, Victor, a miner and keen gardener, came across three beech saplings on his route and grafted…

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Road inspectors to turn their attention to dangerous trees

road inspectors

Highway safety workers are to be trained to spot trees which could pose a danger to pedestrians and road users in Lancashire. The aim is to build a database of trees which require regular inspection, particularly those where there is a likelihood of branches – or the entire tree – falling to the ground. Those Lancashire County Council staff who already inspect roads and pavements will undergo a course to help identify everything from dead bark and root damage to ‘bleeding’ trunks and cavities. A report presented to cabinet members on the authority said that the new regime would not –…

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Hundreds of trees to be felled at Argyll gardens to combat disease


About 900 Japanese larch trees are to be felled at a National Trust garden in Argyll. Work is due to start at Arduaine Garden next week, in an effort to prevent the spread of a damaging disease. Phytophthora ramorum, more commonly known as sudden oak death, has already affected a number of forests across Scotland. The National Trust has been managing the disease at Arduaine Garden since it was first discovered in 2007. That was the first case of P ramorum in Scotland. The tree felling operation is part of a four-year plan, which will see some of the wood…

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