November 20, 2017

Forest project to plant trees and improve hedgerows


Thousands of volunteers will plant 100,000 trees and improve 75 miles of hedgerows. The Woodland Trust said bigger and thicker hedgerows will help bees and provide shade and shelter for livestock. Hannah Wilcox-Brooke from Keep Wales Tidy added it was ambitious but could have a “real impact”. The Long Forest Project was launched at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Llanarthney, on Wednesday. Jeremy Langford, Woodland Trust director, said: “There’s no particular protection on hedges or hedgerows trees, they are rather taken for granted and unloved and that’s something we aim to address. “We want to involve lots of people…

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New memorial woodland opened at Bradgate Park


A new area of woodland for quiet reflection is opening at Bradgate Park. The Memorial Wood is a tranquil setting overlooking Cropston reservoir, to the side of the carriageway that crosses the park. The area is set on a natural stone plinth and is reached by a stone path. It is also rich in native wildlife species, is bound by traditional metal deer fencing and has a central cast iron deer scupture, and has seating for visitors to sit and enjoy the space. Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons have supported the project to build the area. Charles Bennion previously owned the…

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Lockwood Landscapes Ltd puts finishing touches to Hertford College’s oldest buildings


SureSet Approved Installer Lockwood Landscapes Ltd put the perfect finishing touch to one of Hertford College’s oldest buildings, the Old Hall in September. With an extensive internal refurbishment of the Old Hall complete, it was time to turn attention to the Old Buildings Quadrangle (OB Quad); a pretty communal external area. The challenge with this project was to marry modern conveniences such as permeability, low-maintenance and durability with the traditional look of the beautiful building. Specialising in hard and soft landscaping, and with more than 15 years’ experience designing and installing landscapes within the educational sector, Lockwood Landscapes were more…

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1,000 trees in Basildon are saved from the chop…for now


Angry councillors have voted down Basildon Council’s plans to chop down more than 1,000 trees in a bid to slash insurance premium claim costs. At a regeneration and environment committee meeting last week, the council proposed a five-year action plan to axe 1,156 council-owned trees which were identified as “high demanding water species”. These trees are deemed likely to cause subsidence damage to properties, or cause injuries to residents if they trip over a tree’s roots. A report said each year the council receives 23 insurance claims which costs around £70,000. For council to carry out its tree removal project it would…

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Giant Redwood in Wales in final for ‘Tree of the Year’


Glandwr Cymru – the Canal & River Trust in Wales – is encouraging people to vote for its Giant Redwood, which has made it to the final of Wales’ ‘Tree of the Year’ competition. The Giant Redwood stands on the banks of the beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, near the town of Llangattock in the Brecon Beacons. It is thought to be over 150 years old and at 126 feet tall is higher than the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near Wrexham (or twice as tall as the average rugby goal post). The ‘Tree of the Year’ competition is run by the…

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Plans to fell trees to make ‘gloomy’ city centre churchyard safer criticised


Campaigners have been lodging objections to council plans for a £900,000 revamp of a ‘gloomy’ churchyard in Leicester city centre. Leicester City Council is seeking planning permission to carry out work in the St George’s churchyard in the city’s Cultural Quarter. Officials want to open up and enhance the space around the Grade II*-listed church to make it a safer and more attractive area, and open it up onto Orton Square opposite Curve. The scheme has however proved controversial because the council intends to cut down 21 of the mature trees around the church. Both the Leicester Civic Society and Friends of…

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Keith Sacre Visits Voronezh, Russia, To Present at Green Infrastructure Conference


An Interview with Colin Hambidge As chairman of the Arboricultural Association and a director of Barcham Trees, Keith Sacre spends much of his time travelling the world as an ambassador for both organisations, presenting his views to and exchanging ideas with other arboricultural professionals. His latest presentation was made in the city of Voronezh, Russia, in early September, at a conference called “Green Infrastructure in the Urban Environment: current status and development trends”. Situated about 300 miles south-southeast of Moscow on the Voronezh River eight miles before it flows into the Don, Voronezh was founded as a wooden fort in…

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Labour MP backs petition calling for Jeremy Corbyn to act over tree felling


The Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam has backed a petition calling for Jeremy Corbyn to try and stop trees being felled in the city. More than 7,500 people have called on the Labour Leader to act over the controversial tree felling by Sheffield City Council in the city. Jared O’ Mara, who was elected in place of former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last June, has endorsed the petition. Earlier this month, Sheffield City Council was granted an injunction to stop campaigners getting in the way of council contractors felling trees. The council says the work is needed to improve the…

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More Trees Please: Rural groups call for uplift in tree cover


Three leading rural organisations have joined forces to call for “an ambitious uplift in the area of woodland cover in the UK” after Brexit. The Woodland Trust, Country Land & Business Association (CLA) and Confor: promoting forestry and wood said increased tree planting targets should be introduced: “with clear goals for forest cover that reflect the many benefits trees can deliver and that address our present unacceptably low level of woodland cover”. Woodland cover is 13 per cent in the UK, against an EU average of around 35 per cent. In England, it is 10 per cent. The three groups…

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Sheffield Green Party councillor threatened with prison for alleged tree injunction breach


Sheffield Council will try to get one of its own members sent to prison for allegedly breaching an injunction relating to tree felling. Alison Teal, a Green Party councillor for Nether Edge and Sharrow, tweeted a ‘hand-delivered’ letter from the authority claiming she had breached the High Court order stopping people from, among other things, stepping inside safety barriers put up on around trees on the city’s public roads. The letter, dated September 29, warns Coun Teal the council plans to take her back to court for the alleged breach, adding: “In the application the council will be seeking your…

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