April 19, 2018

Fine of almost £12,000 issued for felling tree in Farnborough conservation area


Two men, a landowner and the company he employed, have been fined nearly £12,000 for chopping down a tree in Farnborough conservation area without permission. Andrew Hendersson, a developer from Bristlecone Gardens Ltd, and the company’s director, David Pink, have come under investigation after a concerned neighbour reported the removal of the tree, but Mr Henderson claimed he was unaware the tree was in a conservation area. Mr Pink claims that Mr Henderson has advised him that the tree was not subject to a preservation order, and was not within a conservation area. But the court heard that a planning…

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400 trees planted in Cumbria’s Kendal estate


South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) worked with Continental Landscapes to plant 400 trees planted in several locations across Low Sparrowmire on the Hallgarth estate in Kendal. The project aims to improve tree diversity and complement existing wooded areas, helping to replace trees which have been felled due to disease or structural defects. Continental Landscapes supplied trees through their Carbon Offsetting Scheme. Some planting has been undertaken by Kendal Conservation Volunteers from Noble’s Rest Gardening Club and sixth form students from Kirkbie Kendal School. At each location tree species have been specifically chosen to suit each area and to ensure they can…

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Makita’s new twin 18V (36v) cordless chainsaw matches petrol performance


The new Makita DUC353Z Twin 18v Brushless motor chainsaw sets new standards for cordless chainsaws and matches the logging performance of similar size petrol powered saws.  At the same time this new saw offers the many values of cordless machines which have become recognised throughout the industry:  zero emissions; super-quiet operation; total control and high levels of efficiency and safety as standard. The Makita 36v direct-drive Brushless motor has a rated output of 1,100 watt, similar to a 32cc petrol machine, and comes fitted with identical 35cm length bar and a chain speed of 20 metres per second.  The hard…

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Först’s relationship NPH Group goes from strength to strength


Först, the leading supplier of high performance and robust woodchippers, has seen its relationship with The NPH Group continue to strengthen as the business continues to grow and is set to expand its fleet of Först woodchippers in 2018. The Suffolk-based company, one of the primary plant hire companies covering East Anglia, operates through its network of depots across Newmarket, Basildon, Harlow, Ipswich, Cambridge and Kings Lynn, and has built a reputation over the past 30 years as one of the leading suppliers of plant equipment to the construction and landscaping industries. The NPH Group’s relationship with Först began in…

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Forestry sector urges MSPs not to vote for £30m ‘Black Hole’


MSPs have been urged to support the Scottish Government’s plan to keep Scotland’s two forestry bodies separate – to prevent the industry facing a £30 million black hole. Confor, which represents more than 600 forestry and wood-using businesses in Scotland, fears a single agency would have severe consequences for a £1 billion sector which provides more than 25,000 jobs. It is asking MSPs to reject amendment 39 to the Forestry and Land Management Bill when it is discussed at Holyrood tomorrow [Thursday March 1st]. The amendment aims to create a single agency to carry out all the Scottish Government’s forestry…

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Herefordshire Council propose two proposed bypass routes cutting through Drovers Wood near Hereford


Herefordshire Council is currently consulting on seven proposed routes for a Hereford western bypass, two of which will cut through a wood which was planted by a charity. The wood, which was planted in 2001 by the Woodland Trust, is regularly used by walkers, runners and cyclists.   Nichola Geeson, who lives on Kings Acre Road, said: “Drovers Wood was designated as Local Green Space in Breinton’s Neighbourhood Plan and is a very popular destination for people walking up from the Bay Horse pub on Kings Acre Road. “Walkers, runners and cyclists also come to it from the city along the bridleway…

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New scheme aims to plant more trees across Glens of Antrim


A five-year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund aims to conserve and enhance the natural and build heritage of the Glens of Antrim, boosting the area’s tourism. The Heart of the Glens landscape partnership scheme, with support from Woodland Trust and backing from local farmers will be focusing on landscape resilience. Dr Réamaí Mathers, the landscape partnership manager, says: “We’re putting the business needs of the farmer first and foremost. We’ve seen challenging times for farmers, with extremes of weather and flooding commonplace. And, essentially, we’re using ‘green infrastructure’ – trees, hedging, woodland and species-rich pasture – as a…

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Council willing to discuss controversial Leicester tree felling


Leicester council say that they are willing to discuss potential late changes to their scheme to revamp a Leicester churchyard after sustained protests about the potential felling of 21 mature trees. The council aim to revamp the area surrounding St George’s Church in the Cultural Quarter, stating that it is gloomy, unsafe and used by drug addicts. The £900,000 scheme has been heavily criticised by Leicester Friends of the Earth and the civic society who state that the trees add character to the area, and should therefore be saved. The aim of the scheme is to revamp the churchyard by felling…

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Beech trees dominate woodlands as climate changes


A study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found that beech trees are dominating woodlands across the northeastern United States as the climate changes. The 30-year study states that changes could have major negative ramifications for the forest ecosystems and industries that rely on them. Industries that typically use maple and birch for furniture and flooring could struggle with the increase of beech, which is more commonly used for firewood. “There’s no easy answer to this one. It has a lot of people scratching their heads,” Dr. Aaron Weiskittel, a University of Maine associate professor of forest biometrics…

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Sidmouth Arboretum to improve local area with trees


Sidmouth Arboretum has gained support from the town council since its inception in 2010, who have declared the whole valley a civic arboretum. The arboretum will be working with the town council to improve the Ham, which they hold in trust. Sidmouth in Blood has improved visual aspects of the Old Boat Park area, which has planted a group of silver birch, along with tree trail leaflets, guided walks, and awareness raised surrounding the importance of trees. Local residents have replanted borders, along with work with Andy Rowse to undertake tree works near a swimming pool, along with a new rowan…

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