April 18, 2018

Call for trees to be used as a technique to help ‘combat flooding’


City of Trees, a leading environmental charity, is calling for trees to be used as a technique to combat flash flooding in cities and towns, as well as cleaning polluted water. Flash flooding is becoming an increasing problem particularly in urban areas. As the population in the UK continues to grow, more green space is being built on which means a reduction in the amount of space for water to drain naturally into the ground. This loss of green space means that more and more rainwater enters into our sewers which were not designed to cope with the rising number…

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Volunteers plant nearly 500 trees in Oulton


Volunteers from Bonds Meadow Community Association have turned out to plant almost 500 trees in a popular ‘wildlife haven’. The initiative has been conducted through the Woodlands Trust, with trees being planted across four separate woods. Each species have been planted to provide appropriate habitats, colours and fruit to the mammals and birds inhabiting the conservation area. The seven acres of woodland, meadows and ponds which make up this area of land are managed by 16 volunteers, who make up every Tuesday morning at Dixon Drive and Hall Road in Oulton. Project manager Peter Aldous said: “We had a very…

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Andy Burnham helps Bolton pupils plant first site of 120 mile new Northern Forest


School children, spades at the ready, are this week turning out in force to play a hands on role in creating a greener landscape for their future. Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham joined them on Wednesday 14 March to plant trees at Smithills, the first site of the ground-breaking new Northern Forest. Conceived by the Woodland Trust and England’s Community Forests, including City of Trees in Greater Manchester, Government provided £5.7m to kick-start the £500m project in January. This week sees the first of the trees going in to the ground at the Woodland Trust’s new Smithills site on the edge…

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Planting starts for Anglesey’s “red squirrel corridor”


A “red squirrel corridor” is to be planted across Anglesey in a bid to boost the red squirrel population. Around 150m of hedges will be planted, along with 600 trees are part of a three-year long forest project, which will see a total of 100,000 trees and 7.5 miles of hedges planted in four corners of Wales to help connect existing woodlands. Dr Craig Shuttleworth of Red Squirrels Trust Wales said it was “a fantastic way of helping native wildlife”. Anglesey’s newly-planted hedges and trees will connect to a planned squirrel bridge, which crosses the A4080 and a further 400m…

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Ted Green’s Barcham Tree seminar back by popular demand


So highly regarded by tree care professionals is Ted Green MBE that the demand for places at the Barcham Trees seminar he is leading on 21 March 2018 far exceeded the capacity of the nursery’s lecture room, resulting in him repeating the day later in the year. His presentation “Thoughts on Arboriculture Today” will explore tree archaeology, consider the first arborists and look at how trees provided forgotten food. Ted Green is a champion of ancient trees, believing they should be seen as historic living monuments, founder president of the Ancient Tree Forum and conservation consultant to the Crown Estate,…

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2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award Recipients Announced from the UK and Canada


The Institute of Chartered Foresters is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. The Institute’s Student members Tom Haynes and Michael Wilson from the University of Cumbria were selected among talented competition as the United Kingdom applicants, while Daniel Root from the University of Toronto and Erin Pearson from College of the North Atlantic were selected among top Canadian recipients. Now in its fourth year, the Award program is fully endorsed by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The Award program is a UK-Canada partnership between The Prince of Wales’ Duchy…

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Historic first planting of ‘groundbreaking’ Northern Forest

Northern Forest

The ambition to create a Northern Forest spanning 120 miles took root yesterday on the hills above Bolton. The first of 50 million trees to be planted over the next quarter of a century from Liverpool to Hull will be put in the ground by local community representatives, volunteers, funding bodies, government ministers and MPs. This varied army of planters is an indication of the breadth of expertise, money, influence and enthusiasm needed to pull off landscape change on such a scale. Conceived by the Woodland Trust and the four Community Forest projects active across the area, Government provided £5.7m …

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South Walsham’s Fairhaven garden attraction gives “king of the oak trees” some maintenance


The King Oak at South Walsham’s Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden has been given a ‘trim’ to ensure longterm health. The oak tree is believed to have been a sapling at the time of the Battle of Hastings, and is one of the oldest trees in Norfolk. Matt Jordan, head forester, said: “We give the King Oak an annual health-check, along with regular visual inspections, looking for broken limbs and aggressive fungi. ”We had planned to do some tree surgery last autumn, but a hornet’s nest prevented the work. So it has been good to get back up the tree…

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A powerful incentive: RFS Statement on the British Woodland Survey 2017

The Royal Forestry Society welcomes the publication of the British Woodland Survey 2017 (BSW2017) today. The survey provides a powerful incentive to better value the forestry sector for the future and a case for action, says the Royal Forestry Society (RFS). It provides valuable insights in particular to the case for building resilience in our woodlands, finding ways to value and be paid for ecosystem services and to incentivise new planting. RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd says: ” It is interesting to note that although respondents were strongly motivated to diversify tree species to support biodiversity (76%) and forest health…

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Disease infected horse chestnut trees to be felled in Reading


A number of horse chestnut trees will be felled and replaced in Reading’s Prospect Park due to an outbreak of disease. Despite ongoing monitoring, the south side of the driveway which leads to the Mansion House was felled, with plans to cut down and replace trees along the north side too. Councillor Sarah Hacker, lead member for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services, said: “Regretfully, the time has come to start replanting the north side of the avenue of trees at Prospect Park. “We need to act now to remove these diseased trees so that they do not go on to…

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