June 21, 2018

Over 2,500 native trees planted in Derry


A partnership between the Loughs Agency and the Woodland Trust, with support from Northern Ireland Water and the backing of local farmers, has been responsible for over 2,500 native trees along the banks of the Burntollet River in Derry. The project will eventually cover a 10-mile strip along the banks of the river. Dave Scott, the Woodland Trust’s Treescape Development Lead, said: “This is a perfect example of how the economy and conservation can benefit in equal measure. “As well as helping river quality, trees can help stop money from, literally, going down the drain. As the trees mature, their…

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10,000 blight-resistant American chestnut trees grown by U.S researchers


The American chestnut trees were one of the most common trees on the East Coast of America a century ago, before the population between northern Georgia and Maine was decimated by a fungus, thought to be imported from Chinese chestnut trees in 1904. “It was a very important tree to our history, to the economy in the past,” said SUNY ESF professor William Powell, co-founder of the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project. The American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project has been conducting research at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry for nearly 30…

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Woodland Trust to provide 50,000 trees to ITV viewers


Featuring a unique conversation between the Queen and Sir David Attenborough as they walked in the garden at Buckingham Palace last summer, a new landmark documentary from ITV will explore the ambition of a remarkable new initiative – a vast network of native forests across Britain and the Commonwealth, protected forever in The Queen’s name. The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) is creating a network of forest conservation initiatives across all 53 Commonwealth countries to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime’s service to the Commonwealth, while preserving natural habitat for future generations. In the run up to this landmark documentary, entitled The Queen’s…

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Felled tree to be transformed into heron sculpture in Oldham


Oldham Council is inviting residents to celebrate the completion of a natural wooden sculpture in Uppermill Gardens this Easter. The masterpiece, which is to be shaped in the form of a heron, will be carved from the trunk of a recently felled cherry tree which has been in decline in recent years. The sculpting will take place during the Easter school holidays with the finishing touches added on Friday 13 April. To mark the occasion there will be a variety of woodland craft stalls and families can enjoy range of activities (10am-3pm). A number of knitted woodland animals will also…

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Drax and Treemetrics confirmed for ICF’s National Conference in May


The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has announced that power giant Drax and Ireland’s ‘Internet of Trees’ technology-solution provider Treemetrics are now confirmed for its flagship National Conference, this May in Edinburgh. The conference will focus on how the fast-moving developments in science and technology, and the revolution they bring – from global economies through to the workplace, will re-shape the forestry and arboriculture industry. This powerful platform will equip and inform foresters and arboriculturists to face the inevitable changes ahead where innovation will drive long-term success. Treemetrics Chief Executive Officer Enda Keane and Chris Woods, Head of Digital at…

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‘Forests of the future’ seminar line-up announced


‘Securing our urban forests of the future’ will be held on Wednesday 2 May at Whitworth Art Gallery, and brings together key organisations in the urban forestry sector, as well as sharing best practice from across the globe. This seminar is for all those with a vested interest in securing our trees and woods for the benefit of both people and the environment and will bring together delegates from local authorities, housing associations and universities as well as conservation organisations, environmental consultants and landscape architects. The event is organised by City of Trees, a movement which aims to plant 3…

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River Clyde Property Management, on using the Arborist 150

Arborist 150

River Clyde Homes is an Inverclyde-based housing association that manages 5600 homes and factors 2500 properties for home owners. In 2017 River Clyde Property Management was created as an ‘in-house’ specialist team to maintain the grounds, landscaping and the local environment. Grounds Supervisor, Derek Robertson, quickly specified a GreenMech Arborist 150 woodchipper to join his fleet as it was, “versatile enough to cope with the variety of arboricultural work we were going to face”. “I first used a GreenMech chipper when I worked as an Arborist for the council – we had a tracked one in our machinery fleet, so…

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New wording to National Planning Policy Framework could help protect ancient woodland


Changes that could provide better protection for ancient woodland from development have been proposed following a Government review of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Loopholes in planning policy have threatened England’s ancient woodland for a long time, but new wording put forward by the Government could result in fewer threats to trees. To show that the public agrees with the changes, the Woodland Trust are asking for the public to have their say, using their simple form online. The Woodland Trust could be focusing on defending England’s ancients from major infrastructure like HS2 instead of from car parks, luxury…

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The ethics of tree removal


Paul George of Landmark Trading takes on the thorny issue of tree removal – what needs to be considered, and when it’s ethical to fell By Paul George Tree removal has sometimes drawn an ambiguous line on ethics – something that has been highlighted more than ever in light of the events in Sheffield. The local government’s Streets Ahead programme, a citywide project aiming to upgrade the area’s roads, streetlights, bridges and structures, has led to widespread tree felling – which local protesters and Sheffield Trees Action Groups (STAG) are trying to stop. Here, arboriculture has turned into a political…

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Ground Control recruitment days


Ground Control, the leading UK grounds maintenance company and recipient of numerous awards from institutions such as BALI for Maintenance and Landscape, and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation). The core company purpose is to create and maintain external environments that are safe and enjoyable for all. Grounds Maintenance is where it all began for the firm, who are incredibly proud of the client portfolio they’ve won and retained over the years. Ground Control continue to grow thanks to their fantastic team of managers and operatives. In April the company is welcoming workers within the industry to their recruitment days…

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