January 22, 2018

Residents call on a council to stop chopping down trees in Stoke-on-Trent


Stoke-on-Trent City Council is currently carrying out maintenance work around Trentham Mausoleum, the Potteries’ only Grade I-listed building. Council leaders say cutting back the overgrown yew trees surrounding the mausoleum will make the building look better and reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour. But nearby residents say work is unnecessarily destructive, and claim some of the trees are hundreds of years old. John Simons, who lives in Coniston Place, wants the council to stop the work immediately and review the scheme. The 77-year-old said: “We were never told that this was happening. When I heard the noise, I thought it was just…

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Aberdour school fails to prevent tree protection


The owner of Hillside School in Aberdour has made a failed attempt to prevent an order protecting trees on land subject to a housing proposal. Fife Council has introduced a tree preservation order (TPO) for the school grounds which are subject to a planning application in principle for 125 homes. West Fife councillors were told in a report: “It was brought to the council’s attention by the residents of Aberdour who were concerned about the future of the trees as they were aware of a proposed planning application involving the removal of a large number of mature trees. “The trees…

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Heroes Wood showcases ‘tree tribute’ to fallen soldiers


The first trees have been planted to help create a memorial woodland for Greater Manchester ahead of Remembrance Sunday. Leading environmental charity City of Trees officially unveiled the 19 oak trees alongside memorial seating on Friday 10 November at Debdale Park Gorton, paying tribute to those who served their country in the Great War 1914-1918 and armed conflicts since. The event took place ahead of both Armistice and Remembrance Day, and formed part of the WW1 Centenary Events, which are taking place between 2014 – 2018, to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Lord Mayor of Manchester…

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18 trees in Victoria park could be saved in new plans for cycle path


Sir Peter Soulsby has indicated plans to run cycle lanes up London Road may be changed to save 18 trees from being felled. The trees on the edge of Victoria Park could be sacrificed under current £2.9 million plans to improve cyclists safety along what is one of the busiest roads in Leicester. However that element of the proposal has proved contentious, with campaigners saying the removal of the trees is unacceptable and unnecessary. Now, after a public consultation on the scheme ended last week, the mayor has signalled a potential rethink on the trees. He said: “What we need to do…

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New £5 million fund to create and restore woodlands


£5 million will be invested in woodlands through the spine of England, from London to the West Midlands, following today’s launch of the HS2 Woodland Fund. The fund will be invested in woodlands between London and the West Midlands. As part of the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd is creating a network of new wildlife habitats along the route. This includes around 7 million new trees and shrubs on the first phase of the railway. In addition to this extensive tree planting programme, a separate fund has been established to help local landowners create…

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Springwatch Unsprung presenter Lindsey Chapman launches Tree for Learning in Salford


60,000 trees will be planted with 350 Greater Manchester primary schools over the next four years City of Trees – the charitable organisation re-invigorating Greater Manchester’s landscape by planting a tree for every man, woman and child – has begun the process of planting 60,000 trees with 350 local primary schools. With the help of 250 children and 50 staff children at St Charles RC Primary School in Swinton, the initiative  was launched today with the help of Springwatch Unsprung presenter Lindsey Chapman. This project is part of the DEFRA backed project to plant 1million trees with primary schools, across the UK…

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Landmark Tree Conference calls for urgent tree planting to avert climate change


Planting trees is more vital than ever, an eclectic gathering of 130 scientists, environmentalists, tree experts, project leaders and multifarious tree lovers concurred at The Tree Conference in Glastonbury on Saturday, 4 November. Despite the widely converging views of those attending the event at the Red Brick Building, all were united by a common call to action – to plant more trees. Conference organiser Suzi Martineau said: “The day brought a huge range of sometimes conflicting perspectives but we all reached the same conclusion for the wellbeing of our children and future generations. With UK planting rates currently averaging just…

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Isuzu launches 0% finance offers on its Grafter 3.5tonne tipper models


To celebrate being named the ‘Best Builder’s Truck’ for the sixth year running by leading UK business van magazine ‘Trade Van Driver’, Isuzu Truck UK has launched a 0% finance deal for its Grafter N35.120T twin rear wheeled tipper models, with 50 of these Grafters being made instantly available to customers on a limited first come, first serve basis. As part of the incentive deal, there are two 0% finance options available, covering either a three-year or four-year period respectively, with the deals being available from all the company’s  nationwide network of sales dealers. VAT, Road Fund Licence and document…

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200-year-old sycamore in Kirkwall to undergo preservation work


The 200-year-old sycamore, which stands on Albert Street, will undergo crown reduction and thinning work, which will prune the tree back, from today, Monday. This follows on from an expert survey of the tree which found that, although the tree was flourishing, its canopy was becoming too heavy for the main part of the tree to hold up, presenting a risk of branches breaking off. The work being carried out this week will also reduce the amount of foliage and allow more light through. The tree was recently shortlisted in the Woodland Trust’s ‘Scotland’s Tree of the Year Awards’. The work will…

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Leicester trees to be felled for a new cycle lane


Campaigners say it is unacceptable and unnecessary to fell 18 trees to create a new cycle lane along Leicester’s London Road. The city council has said the trees, on the edge of Victoria Park, may have to be removed as part of their £2.9 million plans to put a two way cycle lane and a widened footpath along the A6 into the city centre. The council says it would replant any felled trees nearby but the Leicester Civic Society has said the loss of the mature specimens would have a harmful environmental impact. Civic society chairman Stuart Bailey said: “The loss of any…

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