November 19, 2017

Rare access granted to Longleat’s old deer park for Ancient Tree Forum walk


Longleat isn’t just famous for its lions – it also boasts some of the grandest ancient oak trees in the British Isles. The Wessex Ancient Tree Forum (ATF) has been granted rare access to the old deer park – an area not usually open to the general public – and is hosting a walk on Friday 20 October which will take in Longleat’s many ancient and veteran trees from the Medieval period. These are survivors of the ancient Selwood Forest that bordered the estate. In fact, Longleat boasts the only remaining part of the original forest of Selwood. As well…

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Makita introduces new ‘Farmers Choice’ 55.7cc chainsaw


The latest version of Makita’s popular ‘Farmers Choice’ chainsaw, the new Makita EA5600F45DN bristles with new improved features. Powered by the advanced 2-stroke 55.7cc engine, which delivers a high-torque 4.1horse-power, includes the Stratified Air Scavenging (SAS) exhaust system where the SAS system directs unburnt combustion charge back to the induction port. This effectively reduces fuel consumption and ensures that exhaust emissions meet the highest possible standards. It is fitted with a centrifugal air cleaner and HD air filter for the cleanest possible charge. The cord pull recoil starter has spring assistance, and the machine includes a primer pump and an…

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‘Hundreds of thousands of new trees’ to form key element of plans for next phase of Leeds flood protection


Proposals to plant ‘many hundreds of thousands’ of new trees along the River Aire catchment form part of an ambitious range of measures to help protect Leeds against the future threat of flooding. A report released today to be considered by Leeds City Council’s executive board at its meeting at Civic Hall next week (September 20) proposes a variety of measures to be carried out as part of the second phase of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme. With the £50m first phase of the scheme which has introduced state-of-the-art new flood protection for the city centre, Holbeck and downstream at…

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Sorbus – 10 Knot Out!


In 2017 Sorbus International Limited are celebrating 10 years in business. This milestone has been reached with invaluable support from our staff, suppliers and of course our customers. Directors & co-owners Phil & Nicky Wade both worked for the multinational Japanese subsiduary Fujikura Europe Ltd; based in Westbury, Wiltshire; which is where they were first introduced to the world of arboriculture & forestry. In the mid 1990’s (it is difficult to recall exactly when), Phil received a call out of the blue from the Alice Holt Forest Research Station, regarding an ultrasound device – the Ultrasonic Decay Detector (UDD) –…

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Tree felling under way at Betty’s Wood in St Ives Estate, Harden, Bingley


Work to fell more than 1,000 trees at a district beauty spot to prevent the further spread of a disease which kills a number of species is under way. The felling is taking place in Betty’s Wood at St Ives Estate, near Harden, Bingley, to remove larch and sweet chestnut trees, which have either been infected or are threatened with infection. Work has been going on at St Ives to remove rhododendron, which acts as a host to the phytophthora ramorum disease which kills a number of species of trees. Despite this, the Forestry Commission also detected the disease in larch trees…

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Gold rush: Autumnal trees provide economy boost


Scotland’s washout summer could lead to a £46million boost to the economy as tourists look to take in autumns colours. Increased rainfall during June, July and August has created the perfect conditions for a particularly vibrant display this year, which is set to attract “leaf peepers” to Big Tree Country. The heavy rainfall which made 2016 the fifth wettest summer since records began in 1910, mean trees have built up the sugars they need to produce the rich autumnal colours. Morag Watson, of the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, said: “A growing season with lots of moisture followed by a…

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How palm trees stand tall in the face of a hurricane


When Storm Aileen ripped across the UK last week the worst of the winds brought down trees, snapped off branches and shredded leaves, made worse because the trees were in full leaf and caught the wind like a sail. Compare that with the palm trees that stood up to Hurricane Irma’s immensely stronger winds, which would have torn British trees to shreds. The palm trees simply bent over at crazy angles and then bounced back again. How do palm trees pull off this feat? They are aerodynamic marvels. Palms have a trunk growing a bunch of large leaves on top, without branches and…

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Farmer, 62, is fined more than £100,000 for chopping down 200 ancient beech trees in revenge attack on energy firm


A farmer with an axe to grind has been fined more than £100,000 for chopping down 200 ancient beech trees in a revenge attack. Keith Smith, 62, carried out a chainsaw massacre on the 200-year-old hedgerow beeches in protest at a new solar energy plant. A court heard Smith had rented the farmland and woods in Blackwood, near Caerphilly, South Wales, and wanted to launch a business there. But the land was bought up by an energy company to install solar panels to generate electricity – and Smith objected to the plans. So Smith and his two sons took their…

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New scheme encourages residents to celebrate street trees


Residents across Halton are urged to stand up for their street trees and take part in a new ‘neighbourhood watch’ scheme for nature. The Woodland Trust is launching a scheme across the country to get people to celebrate their trees – and help to protect and value nature on their doorstep. People are urged to join forces with their neighbours and apply for one of 500 street trees celebration starter kits. They will receive bunting, badges and funky wheelie-bin transfers to show their appreciation for their trees. Joseph Coles, project lead for Street Trees said the scheme, which is funded…

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Wandsworth Council reject Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s demands to halt tree axing in Chestnut Avenue


Wandsworth Council has rejected Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s demands to halt the axing of 150-year-old trees in Chestnut Avenue over the next six months. The Mayor wrote to council leader Ravi Govindia on Wednesday last week (September 13) after receiving correspondence from concerned residents, requesting to cease plans to fell trees in Chestnut Avenue and to ‘urgently review the research which has been produced’. In the letter, seen by the Wandsworth Guardian, he wrote: “I would also urge that any review of evidence considers the full value of these trees, and importantly, whether a phased approach to the removal…

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