April 19, 2018

Private training provider The Training Tree looks towards the future

Training

There is a major behind the scenes change with The Training Tree, a private training provider currently delivering the ABC level 4 diploma in arboriculture. Lisa Sanderson, training developer and lecturer, is taking on The Training Tree as her own thanks to the support and encouragement of Jago Keen, the company founder. The company was set up by Jago and Lisa to fill a much needed gap in the training industry. Courses have been tailored to allow flexibility in the hectic modern world, allowing students to fit education in around their varied and busy lifestyles. This modernisation of education allows…

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New laser scanning ‘weighs’ trees to assess carbon stored in forests

Carbon

New laser scanning technology has revealed that one sycamore near Oxford has almost seven miles of branches. The aim of the project is to “weigh” the trees to accurately assess the carbon stored in forests and what role they can play in tackling climate change. A three-dimensional picture of the trees is built up using thousands of points of data collected using lasers. This reveals the structure and its volume, which allows an estimate of mass. A sycamore tree in Wytham Woods near Oxford was found to have nearly 6.8 miles of branches. The research states that this is double…

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Primary school in Bury St Edmunds holds tree planting day

Tollgate

Tollgate Primary School kicked off their tree planting day with an assembly introducing the trees, followed by a lesson in the many benefits that trees have on the planet. Lessons were held throughout the day discussing tree lifecycles and the many uses of trees. Small groups of children from all year groups worked to plant the young saplings. Jo Quittenton, who leads the school’s outdoor learning programme, said: “They were amazed to discover that a harp came from bark. “The children were very inquisitive, engaged and a tremendous day was had by all.”

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New GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160 takes over 70% of tree surgeon Kevin Patton’s work

Patton

Kevin Patton, Tree Surgeon, purchased his first woodchipper back in 2002 and has a few different makes and models in his fleet. However, he faced a major challenge when it came to purchasing new equipment for him and his team of 4 – towing capacity. To satisfy the company’s requirement for a powerful, versatile, but lightweight chipper, they turned to GreenMech and their sub 750kg QuadChip 160. Established in 1999, the company carries out a wide array of tree work and woodland management for a range of customers in the Guisborough area.  “Our work is very diverse – a pretty…

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Life Tree projects aims to mark every birth, death and marriage with a tree

Life

Thought to be the first initiative of its kind in Northern Ireland, the Life Tree project will see around 4,000 native tree saplings planted each year to cut air pollution and improve public health. A Northern Ireland council is taking on the initiative in partnership with Public Health Agency (PHA) and the North West Regional College. Derry city and the Strabane District Council area will be covered as a part of the council’s wider air quality improvement strategy. Registered families will be able to either plant a sapling in their home or, alternatively, have the council plant it in a…

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Extraordinary Homes’ Piers Taylor to present Forestry Excellence Awards

Homes

Award winning architect, broadcaster and academic,  Piers Taylor, who himself  lives in a self built house in a working woodland, will be presenting the RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards 2018 at the National Arboretum at Westonbirt in July. Among programmes Piers has co-presented are The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, three series of The House that £100k Built on BBC Two and Britain’s Most Spectacular Backyard Builds for BBC Two. Woodland owners and managers and forestry education and skills organisations in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Somerset and Dorset, and the South West (Devon and Cornwall) have until 6…

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Husqvarna launches two new pre-mixed alkylate fuels

Fuel

Husqvarna — one of the world’s leading producers of forest, park and garden products — launches two new pre-mixed alkylate fuels, Husqvarna XP® Power 2 and Husqvarna Power 4, made with forestry experts and green space professionals in mind. With efficient combustion and low levels of harmful substances, users get more machine performance and higher work efficiency. Husqvarna XP® Power 2 Husqvarna XP® Power 2 is an alkylate fuel pre-mixed with XP®  two-stroke oil, which has been specially formulated for excellent engine cleanliness. This is due to more efficient combustion which keeps engine components clean, so machines will run smoother…

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RFS launches new one day courses for 2018

Course

Five new topics – Woodland Archaeology, Tree Health, Tree ID, Forest Soils and GIS management planning  – have all been added to the Royal Forestry Society’s popular one-day courses for 2018. Back by popular demand are courses on Grading and Measuring your Timber, a Guide for Caring for your Wood and Essentials for Measuring Woods and Trees. The first of the courses, Woodland Archaeology and Tree Health are being held in April. All course are open to  members and non members. For details and to book go to  www.rfs.org.uk/events/training-courses/

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300 trees planted to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force

Manchester

City of Trees, alongside cadets from the Greater Manchester Wing of the Air Training Corps planted 300 trees to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. The new trees have been planted at Parkway Playing Fields, Manchester on Sunday 4 February 2018, extending existing woodland creating a haven for both people and wildlife. For the initiative the Air Corps teamed up with leading environmental charity City of Trees who have pledged to plant 3 million trees – one for every man, woman and child in Greater Manchester, over the next generation. Greater Manchester Wing is one of the…

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Michael Gove visits UK’s largest new forest

Forest

Michael Gove has seen more than 1.3 million trees growing at the UK’s largest modern forest in the Ochil Hills in central Scotland. Confor arranged the visit to Jerah to demonstrate the wide-ranging benefits of modern productive forestry to the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Mr Gove was accompanied by Stephen Kerr, MP for Stirling. Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, the trade body for the UK’s £2 billion forestry and wood-using industry, briefed Mr Gove about the scheme’s benefits for the environment, economy and local community – along with Tim Liddon, of Tilhill Forestry,…

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