November 19, 2017

Successful tree protection prosecution in Torbay


Torbay Council is committed to protecting trees in the bay and have recently undertaken a successful prosecution whereby there was a contravention of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). Mr and Mrs Churchward of Kendlewood Close, Paignton were found guilty on the 11 September, in Newton Abbot Magistrates Court, of undertaking works upon trees in contravention of a TPO. Six charges were brought against the defendants. There were three of wilful damage to three trees and three of having destroyed three trees. Mr and Mrs Churchward both pleaded guilty to all offences and the Court imposed a total fine of £3130 of…

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Perennial Anniversary Woodland Garden officially opened at Dunorlan Park


A native woodland of 175 trees, planted in Dunorlan Park in March 2014 by Sodexo Horticulture Services to mark Perennial’s 175th anniversary, was officially opened this week by Deputy Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Cllr Len Horwood. The informal ceremony marked the unveiling of a new interpretation board for the woodland listing all those who have trees dedicated to them. Trees were purchased in memory of loved ones making this woodland a truly personal place for the people of Tunbridge Wells. Speaking at the event, Cllr Len Horwood said: “Having been involved in the redevelopment of this park for many years…

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Historic mulberry tree has been nominated for the Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year award


The Deptford Folk group says the mulberry tree, in the town’s Sayes Court Park, has survived for 400 years and deserves to win the award. However no one can say how a mulberry tree came to be in this small patch of green space. Local folklore claims it was planted by Russian Tsar Peter the Great. In 1697 he travelled to England to learn about shipbuilding and navigation in order to establish the first Russian Navy. Together with his entourage he moved to the Manor belonging to the writer and diarist John Evelyn at Sayes Court. The house was close…

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National Trust bid to save bloodline of ancient tree, the paperbark maple


Steps are being taken to save the bloodline of one of the National Trust’s greatest trees – the paperbark maple – at a Vale of Glamorgan garden. The tree at Duffryn Gardens – also known as the Acer griseum – came from the original seedling brought to Britain from China in the 1900s. Due to its age, it will soon stop producing seeds. But the Trust is gathering and germinating its seeds, to preserve future generations. Head gardener Chris Flynn said: “From research and extensive documentation on the origins of the Acer griseum, we have good reason to believe that…

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Tree trail will encourage Torbay walkers to turn over a new leaf


A new Torbay initiative that links personal health with the benefits of trees is bringing three brand new tree trails to the bay. The project, which is thought to be one of the first of its kind in England, will see a series of tree-focused walks being promoted via a phone app across Brixham, Torquay and Paignton. Torbay Council, the NHS clinical commissioning group, Hi-Line and social enterprise Treeconomics, have worked on the plan, which is hoped will encourage more Torbay residents to get out in the fresh air while appreciating nature, with a particular focus on trees. Kenton Rogers,…

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Woodland Trust Tree of Year: The tale of romance, a stranger’s bike and a chestnut tree


The tale of a Fermanagh lad who went ‘out of his tree’ upon realising his love interest had affections for another man has caught the attention of Northern Ireland’s Tree of the Year judges. A horse chestnut tree on Lisnarick community green is one of six charismatic contenders shortlisted by the Woodland Trust in the search for its Tree of the Year 2017. The young man realised he had been ‘barking up the wrong tree’ in the autumn of 1954 when he noticed a stranger’s bike leaning against the tree outside the cottage of a young lady; the target of…

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Supertrees feature in global expo about urban nature


Grant Associates’ designs for the Supertree Grove of Singapore’s internationally acclaimed Gardens by the Bay are to feature at the Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology (EDIT) in Toronto, Canada. The Supertrees will appear in ‘The Green and the Gray’, an interactive exhibition curated by international design studio Carlo Ratti Associati that runs from 28 September to 8 October 2017. Part of the wider EDIT Expo, the exhibition investigates the evolving relationship between nature and cities. Grant Associates’ founder Andrew Grant will also present a talk about the Supertree Grove at the event on 2 October 2017 to tie in…

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Free tree scheme to enhance South Derbyshire homes has been launched


One thousand trees will be given away in a scheme designed to enhance the areas. For the 15th consecutive year, South Derbyshire District Council’s has launched its free tree scheme with 1,000 to be given away. Residents, schools and community groups can apply for trees to enhance their local neighbourhood, ensuring the National Forest lives up to its name in the area. From now until 5pm on Monday, October 23, applicants can choose from four varieties of native tree – hazel, whitebeam, holly and cherry plum. All trees are two years old and are up to approximately 60cm high, and include information…

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Shop owner ‘devastated’ after dead trees removed from city street for a second time


A North Shields man has been prosecuted for lopping three protected trees. Alan Dodds, 58, of Moor Park Court, arranged for a tree surgeon to prune two sycamore trees and a beech that were subject to tree preservation orders. North Tyneside Council’s senior landscape architect said the work to the two sycamores was so severe it could eventually kill the trees. At a hearing at North Shields Magistrate Court, Dodds admitted three offences of breaching a tree preservation order and was fined a total of £1,628, including £175 costs to the council and a victim surcharge of £128. The court…

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Sheffield Council facing financial penalty of millions after delays caused by tree panel consultations


Sheffield Council faces a financial penalty running into millions because of major delays to highways improvements caused by its decision to set up an independent panel to advise on its controversial tree-felling strategy, The Yorkshire Post revealed. The “knock-on effect” of waiting for the panel’s advice has contributed to delaying highways work that needs to be completed by the end of the year on more than 300 streets – despite the panel’s recommendations to save trees being ignored in 75 per cent of cases. A Freedom of Information response sent by the council in March this year reveals the costs…

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