May 22, 2018

Check trees for storm damage, says expert

Glendale

A national green service provider is reminding landowners of the need to check trees after a storm, following the treacherous weather conditions that have been sweeping the UK. Arborists from Glendale have been called out to more than 200 tree-related emergencies and moved over 300 tonnes of timber since Christmas and New Year due to weather-related incidents. Storm Eleanor hit parts of the UK in January, while Storm Emma and ‘The Beast from the East’ have also blighted the country, coinciding with the coldest winter since 1991 as blizzards, high winds and drifting snow caused collisions, gridlock and school closures….

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2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award Recipients Announced from the UK and Canada

ICF

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. The Institute’s Student members Tom Haynes and Michael Wilson from the University of Cumbria were selected among talented competition as the United Kingdom applicants, while Daniel Root from the University of Toronto and Erin Pearson from College of the North Atlantic were selected among top Canadian recipients. Now in its fourth year, the Award program is fully endorsed by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The Award program is a UK-Canada partnership between The Prince of Wales’ Duchy…

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Horse Chestnut wins title of UK’s favourite tree in landslide victory

Chestnut

Perhaps due to the nation’s love of conker, the Horse Chestnut won the title of the UK’s favourite tree in a landslide victory. Aesculus Hippocastanum, won more than 25 per cent of the vote in a poll run by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), beating 14 other trees, including the Ash, Birch and Elder. An organiser of the Annual World Conker Championship, in Northamptonshire, St John Burkett, believes the Horse Chestnut’s prized fruit has helped it to become the country’s best-loved tree. “The Horse Chestnut is a beautiful looking tree and people associate it with the countryside, although it…

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Vernon Kay supports Sheffield tree in Twitter video

Vernon

TV presenter Vernon Kay has thrown his weight behind a campaign to save a Sheffield tree up for the axe, with video released on his Twitter.  The Bolton-born star, more commonly known for his work on All Star Family Fortunes and T4, has denounced Sheffield Council in its bid to chop down the Vernon Oak on Vernon Road in Dore. The tree is just one of many earmarked in the long-running felling saga between Sheffield Council, contractor Amey and campaigners who are fighting to save it. The Vernon Oak was nominated for the Sheffield Tree of the Year 2017. The…

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The cap doesn’t fit: needing a common countryside policy after Brexit

Environment

A radical new approach to rural policy and funding which treats all land uses equally is needed after Brexit, says a report published by Confor today. The Common Agricultural Policy has been “a straitjacket” on rural areas and must be replaced by A Common Countryside Policy, according to the leading forestry and wood processing trade body. Confor, which represents 1600 forestry and wood-using businesses across the UK, launched the report at an event the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester – and later planned to present the document to Environment Secretary Michael Gove. The report says: “After Brexit, forestry seeks fair, equal…

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Natural Selection – Rick Milsom

Rick Milsom

As our thoughts turn to species selection and planting, Rick Milsom says researching why a particular tree is right for a particular site is both interesting and rewarding Attending another excellent conference laid on by Barcham Trees got me thinking. All of the speakers were excellent but two in particular grabbed my attention. Henrik Sjoman and Nina Bassuk really share my interests and at the end of the presentation Henrik encouraged us all to become tree geeks. For those of you not lucky enough to have been there, they spoke about how certain tree species are suited to particular sites, usually because the sites are similar to the trees’ natural habitat. Obvious isn’t it? I oversimplify, but it…

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Pests and Diseases: How informed are you? – Rick Milsom

Rick Milsom

Keeping up to date on the new pests, disorders and diseases is the best way to ensure the health of our trees, says Rick Milsom. My first recollection of coming into contact with a tree-related pest was with the brown tail moth caterpillar. Ghastly, hairy little fellows, I used to see them years ago while I was in junior school, munching through various shrub beds, many of which were Rosaceous, which I obviously didn’t know at the time. We were told by the adults to keep away from them as they would give you a rash. I can remember picking up lackey moth caterpillars, but never brown tails, as I didn’t like the look of them. In…

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Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? – Rick Milsom

Rick Milsom

With extreme weather events becoming more frequent, Rick Milsom discusses how we can mitigate their effects on the trees in our charge I am more familiar with Shakespeare fishing tackle than Shakespeare the playwright and poet, but I am aware of one of his sonnets, which is what I recently discovered they are called. In Sonnet 18 Shakespeare says, ‘Rough winds do rock the darling buds of May.’ Spot on there William, or near enough, as these rough winds at the beginning of May did a bit more than rock a few buds this year. They blew a few trees down and a few branches off ! It may be fair to say that…

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The trees they are a changin’- Rick Milsom

Rick Milsom

As an arboricultural officer for Southend-on-Sea, Rick Milsom gets to see changing tastes in trees and shrubs first hand At the time of writing it looks like spring has sprung down in Essex. The sun is out, the magnolias are blooming and the Prunus cerasifera and its cultivars ‘Pissardii’ and ‘Nigra’ are almost done flowering. I must admit I am not a great lover of these purple leaved cultivars. It can be a bit of a problem replacing one tree in a line of these, as whatever you plant looks a bit odd unless it’s another of the same. Many other Prunus now take over flowering and I for one welcome their flowers in the spring. I still…

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Valuation of amenity trees – Jon Heuch

Jon Heuch

In the second of a two-part series, arboricultural consultant Jon Heuch considers the past and the future of the monetary valuation of trees In 2015 house prices and land values are ten times what they were in 1980, far outstripping the retail price index. So by 2006, the estimates produced by the Helliwell system appeared to be increasingly small and irrelevant. This led to new considerations of how best to estimate the value of amenity trees. Chris Neilan and others developed Capital Asset Value for Amenity Trees (CAVAT); others looked to the USA to see what the Council for Tree and Landscape Appraisers (CTLA) and i-Tree had on offer. This divergence of opinion has led to a confusing situation…

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