January 22, 2018

Europe Economics reports UK woodland worth £270bn to economy


A recent report by Eirioe Economics for the Woodland Trust states that British woodlands are work £270 billion to the UK economy. Benefits like flood reduction, public health and decreasing air pollution are brought out by the woodlands, with the value of flood management from woodland in the upper Thames alone being work between £350 and £500 per hectre annually. Economic benefits brought about by woodland include flood reduction, public health benefits and decreasing air pollution. It also estimates the value of trees in improving air quality could be as much as £240 per hectare a year in related health…

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Conservationists battle to save trees rarer than the Giant Panda


At present they only know of one Ship Rock Whitebeam in the world which can be found near the Symonds Yat beauty spot in the Forest of Dean. Conservationists have been scaling cliffs and trees to try and create the perfect habitat for the endangered tree and five other rare species. There are six rare species of whitebeam that can’t be found anywhere else in the world but the high cliffs around the Wye Valley which divides the Forest of Dean from Wales. In total there are only around 300 of the rare trees in the Wye Valley which is…

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Northumberland gets England’s largest woodland planting scheme for 30 years


The Forestry Commission has approved planting at Doddington North Moor in Northumberland, England’s largest woodland planting scheme for 30 years. More than 600,000 trees are set to be planted across Northumberland over the next two years, with England’s largest woodland planting scheme in decades given the go-ahead by the Forestry Commission today. Thanks to government funding, Doddington North Moor has been given consent to plant a new 350-hectare forest near Wooler in Northumberland – the largest of its kind to be planted in England for over 30 years. The forest, which will span the equivalent of over 650 football fields, will…

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Platipus launches new online shop, Platipus Direct


Platipus has launched a new UK online sales platform “Platipus Direct” in response to requests from Landscape Contractors and Garden Designers. Murielle Jayer, Tree Systems Manager said “The new online shop has been developed so that customers can select and order from the largest range of professional tree anchoring and irrigation systems, at a time that is convenient to them”. Murielle continues, “Providing customers order before 11am, products will be delivered the next working day, to a UK Mainland address. There is also the added benefit of free delivery if an order exceeds £300 (Ex VAT)”. Since pioneering the very…

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Leicester’s iconic ‘Three Sisters’ trees to be replaced


Three iconic trees in the centre of Leicester’s Victoria Park are to be replaced some 30 years after they were lost to Dutch Elm Disease. The Elm trees, known as the Three Sisters, were felled in the late 1970s but now Leicester City Council wants to new trees planted. Deputy mayor councillor Adam Clarke announced the plan at a recent city council meeting. He said: “Our trees and woodland team is renowned nationally for the work they do. This strategy will make that renown go even further. “It is a sad thing we lost so many trees during the Dutch…

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Burton Tree Project gives away free trees for National Tree Week


In a bid to become the “capital” of the National Forest, an ambitious team of enthusiasts in Burton gave away free trees to people in the town. The Burton Tree Project has joined up with local youths with special needs and local council to provide this unique scheme. Compared to the average tree cover, Burton has a lower tree cover of just 9.4%. East Staffordshire Borough councillor Bernard Peters commented: “It is all about the community getting involved and taking ownership and it is the perfect time of year to do it as people love looking at trees during the…

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£20,000 to be spent pollarding lime trees in Canterbury


The Dane John’s famous avenue of trees will look a little sparse in the new year when council contractors cut them back. More than £20,000 will be spent on pollarding 60 lime trees in a bid to boost their lifespan and encourage new growth. The authority has warned there will be a stark difference to the way they look as the upper branches will be pruned, but say they will come back healthier and stronger. The avenue of trees will be cut back Cllr Neil Baker says the much needed work, last carried out six years ago, will substantially change…

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Pupils at Dykehead Primary School plant saplings in their playground


Pupils at Dykehead Primary School were joined by friends and family to plant tree saplings in their playground. Thirty pupils planted 60 trees and hedgerow saplings as part of a countrywide attempt to create greener spaces. Over half a million native trees from the Alba Tree Nursery outside Edinburgh have been distributed throughout the UK this month – including 54,330 to Scottish schools and community groups. This is The Woodland Trust’s single biggest distribution of free trees. The school also received help from the school’s parent and child gardening group ‘The Dykehead Diggers’, who recently won a Community Learning and…

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England’s largest planting scheme for 25 years approved at Doddington


The largest tree planting scheme in England for more than 25 years was today granted approval – and will see more than 600,000 trees planted on a site at Doddington North Moor in Northumberland. The decision was announced the day after Andy Howard, project manager for Doddington, described his long battle to gain approval at a major land use conference at Westminster, organised by Confor. Mr Howard said: “I’m delighted to have secured the go ahead for the project at Doddington North. Well-designed new forests are fantastic assets for local people and wider society, and hopefully us starting to plant trees…

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“Reasonable Management of Pests and Diseases, and Upcoming Threats to Urban Trees”


A Seminar led by Henry Kuppen at Barcham Trees, 22 November 2017 Report by Colin Hambidge Henry Kuppen is the director of the Dutch company Terra Nostra (www.terranostra.nu), which he terms a knowledge centre for trees and soil in the urban environment. He began his career as an arborist in the 1980s, and has a particular interest in the oak processionary moth. Although this was first seminar at Barcham Trees’ Cambridgeshire nursery, his reputation had gone before him as the audience of tree officers, contractors, consultants and landscapers filled the lecture room. Barcham’s Keith Sacre had already met him, but…

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