August 17, 2018

Scotland’s largest cities to combat climate change with tree planting


Scotland’s four largest cities must improve coastal defences and should consider planting thousands of trees to combat the effects of climate change by 2050, according to a new report. People living in most of the world’s cities face problems caused by rising temperatures including heatwaves, flooding, water shortages and blackouts by mid-century without urgent action to curb greenhouse gases. It is “the future that nobody wants” warns the study by C40 Cities, a group of cities taking action on climate change, the Global Covenant of Mayors, the Urban Climate Change Research Network and climate advisory company Acclimatise. But authorities in cities…

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Search is on for the Tree of the Year 2018


Members of the public are being asked to nominate the UK’s most treasured trees in a contest to promote their protection. The Woodland Trust has launched the 2018 Tree of the Year competition to find the nation’s favourite trees which have played a role in history, communities or people’s individual lives. There will be a public vote on nominated trees to find a favourite from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England, from which a single UK entry will be chosen to compete in the European Tree of the Year contest. The UK contest is now in its fifth year, and last…

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Thousands of new trees in Manchester schools to help learning and mental health


A Greater Manchester charity is on a mission to plant tens of thousands of trees in primary and secondary schools across the region. City of Trees pledged to plant a total of three million saplings across Greater Manchester, one for every man, woman and child. 15,000 of those will be in schools. The ‘Trees for Learning’ initiative is part of a national DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) backed programme planting thousands of trees in schools across the UK. City of Trees is now calling for schools to get in touch if they want to get involved,…

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Sheffield Council pay £700,000 in compensation over delays to tree-felling


A council in England has been forced to pay £700,000 in compensation over the delays to its controversial tree-felling strategy, which campaigners claim is seeing healthy trees cut down unnecessarily. Sheffield Council paid the money to its highways maintenance contractor Amey after the disruption in 2017 contributed to delays to works that needed to be completed on more than 300 streets. The details of the payment have been made public after the council responded to an FOI request by local tree campaigner Neil Meadows. Waiting for decision The delays were caused by the council’s decision to wait for verdict from…

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14 million new trees planted in Scotland


Around 14 million new trees were planted in Scotland last year with £33m paid to landowners to create new woodland. Most of the new trees can be found in the south of Scotland (28 per cent), with Perth, Argyll and Highland also sharing the growth in forestry. Forestry Enterprise Scotland confirmed that £33m was paid out to landowners in 2017 under the Forestry Grant Scheme to encourage new woodland, with the figure expected to rise next year. Rural Affairs secretary Fergus Ewing described the planting rates as “very encouraging” with 7,100 new hectares of land given over to new trees….

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The UK government tree champion: What’s his role?


Environment secretary Michael Gove has appointed the UK’s first tree champion to support the government’s pledge to plant over 11 million trees, as well as to unite local leaders and councils to prevent the unnecessary felling of the carbon dioxide-inhalers. The appointment of Sir William Worsley has been welcomed by environmental campaigners, as it comes at a time when the UK is dealing with something of a tree loss epidemic. The controversial plan to fell 20,000 in Sheffield, the exposure of Network Rail’s intention to remove all ‘leaf fall’ trees that line its tracks and a proposal to frack Sherwood Forest, are all signs of the times….

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104 trees could be felled for Ed Sheeran concert crowd


Ed Sheeran was previously set to perform an open air concert in Germany this summer, however a high volume of trees may have put a spanner in the works. The popular musician was hoping to perform in Düsseldorf on July 22 and 85,000 tickets have already been sold. But the concert has been thrown into doubt after conservationists objected to plans to fell 104 trees at the venue to accommodate the crowd. It is the second time the concert has had to be cancelled, after it was moved from the original venue in nearby Essen. First there were fears Mr…

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Perennial launches online budgeting tool to help manage finances


Perennial, the UK horticulture industry’s charity, has launched an online budgeting tool to help people understand their financial position and plan ahead. As the cost of living continues to rise beyond that of economic recovery, more and more people working across the UK horticulture sector are struggling to make ends meet, or are unable to put anything by for savings or emergencies. Taking control of finances, particularly when earning a low wage, is not easy but Perennial’s new online tool is designed to help people manage their money and to suggest changes to improve their finances. Matthew Cooper, debt advice manager at Perennial, says: “Creating a budget is important because…

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Tree project for Shoreham launches


The Shoreham Society is launching a new project with the aim of bringing more trees to the town. The idea came from Rosslyn Road residents, who recently planted nine new trees. The society thinks this could be done in other parts of the town and has begun by considering possible sites. Shoreham-by-Trees will be launched at St Peter’s Church hall, West Street, Shoreham, on Friday at 7.30pm. Adrian Towler, from the society, said: “Alongside this is a project to beautify some of the unloved spaces in the area. It’s been dubbed SOS: Shoreham Open Spaces by society member Denise Binks….

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Michael Gove will tell councils to stop tree felling to cut costs


Councils will be told to stop felling thousands of trees to slash costs after the environment secretary appointed an expert to protect them. Michael Gove said Sir William Worsley — chair of the National Forest Company — would “rapidly drive forward planting rates and prevent street trees being felled”. The Cabinet minister last year accused council chiefs of “environmental vandalism” for chopping down trees. It came after he branded a scheme by Sheffield city council which felled more than 4,400 trees over the past five years as part of a £2.2bn road maintenance contract with Amey as “bonkers”. But the…

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