January 19, 2018

Refugees and asylum seekers help plant 700 trees in Yorkshire Dales


Young saplings have been planted in a new area of woodland near the town of Settle, with the help of refugees and asylum seekers from Darwen Asylum Seekers and Refugee Enterprise and staff from service company Serco. The initiative has been organised by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust charity. Refugees from Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Nigeria, who are all current service users of Dare, came out to plant native species on the site. Species included: oak, holly, hawthorn, bird cherry and crab apple. Among more than 500 people have benefited from the longstanding partnership between Dare and YDMT so…

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Gristwood and Toms awarded tree services contract for Bedford Borough Council


Gristwood and Toms continues to reinforce its market-leading position with yet another contract win in the public sector. A comprehensive range of tree services across Bedford Borough will now be provided by Gristwood and Toms, following a tender exercise by the Borough Council. The award follows a run of recent wins for Gristwood and Toms in the last six months, with clients including Islington Council, City of London, Waltham Forest, Hertfordshire County Council, University of Bedfordshire and Curo Housing. The new contract to provide tree works across Bedford and Kempston, including the rural parishes, went live on 1st November and…

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Over 8,000 trees are to be planted in Sheffield between now and March 2018


Sheffield council has committed to planting over 8,000 trees within the next five months, the first of which has been planted in Burngreave with Lord Mayor, Councillor Anne Murphy, attending the ceremony. The first tree was planted by scouts from the 76th Sheffield St Peter’s Ellesmere Scout Troop. The tree, known as a heavy standard, sits opposite St Peter’s Church. Various smaller trees were also planted near to the scout’s headquarters on Grimesthorpe Road. Larger trees will be planted following requests from the public to: “to replace those removed from parks and green spaces due to health and safety issues”….

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Team GB battle world’s best at STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships


The British STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® team had their sharpened axes and saws at the ready as they jet off to Norway to battle the best lumberjacks on the planet at the 13th annual STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships in Lillehammer on 3 and 4 November. The two day competition, featuring both team and individual events, saw more than 100 athletes from 23 countries slice and dice their way through tree trunks across six axe, saw and chainsaw disciplines to be crowned the best lumberjack in the world. The British STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® team will be joining logger sports athletes from all over the…

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Makita UK supports DART International’s operation airlift in Caribbean


Specialist disaster relief charity DART International UK, the response team of volunteer British arborists, has again deployed teams to the stricken Caribbean in the wake of Hurricane Irma which hit the region early in September. This, one of the most powerful and catastrophic Atlantic Ocean hurricanes recorded, has claimed many lives, destroyed homes, schools and hospitals, and has accounted for mass evacuation in the face of life threatening wind impact. Just days later, Hurricane Maria followed the same path of destruction. Flying initially to Barbados, then directly on to mountainous Dominica, 90% destroyed, the DART team began a two-week mission…

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Sheffield campaigner climbs 150-year-old Vernon Oak in protest


An activist scaled a 150-year-old oak tree in Sheffield in a bid to prevent it from being felled as part of the city council’s controversial Streets Ahead programme. Residents gathered in the street where the Vernon Oak is sited today in the hope of stopping the council from tearing it down. TV presenter Vernon Kay is among campaigners who have appealed to Sheffield City Council to re-think pavement resurfacing plans on Vernon Road and save the much-loved oak. In a video appeal, he said: “Sheffield Council, come on. It’s only a pavement – I’m sure you’ve got a few quid…

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Vernon Kay supports Sheffield tree in Twitter video


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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Paul Wood author of London Street Trees says Hackney is an ‘urban arboretum’


One of the capital’s foremost experts on street trees and the ‘urban forest’ will be leading an arboreal tour through Hackney this weekend. Starting from Haggerston train station, the appropriately-named Paul Wood will lead a group around the borough’s most exotic trees, taking in Stonebridge Gardens, Albion Square and De Beauvoir, this coming Sunday 15 October at 10:30am. Wood, author of the recent London Street Trees guide that comes complete with a foreword from Mayor Sadiq Khan, told the Citizen how this area stirred from humble beginnings to become the leafy locale it is today: “For several reasons: inbuilt resistance to things like climate…

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Keith Sacre Visits Voronezh, Russia, To Present at Green Infrastructure Conference


An Interview with Colin Hambidge As chairman of the Arboricultural Association and a director of Barcham Trees, Keith Sacre spends much of his time travelling the world as an ambassador for both organisations, presenting his views to and exchanging ideas with other arboricultural professionals. His latest presentation was made in the city of Voronezh, Russia, in early September, at a conference called “Green Infrastructure in the Urban Environment: current status and development trends”. Situated about 300 miles south-southeast of Moscow on the Voronezh River eight miles before it flows into the Don, Voronezh was founded as a wooden fort in…

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Sheffield Green Party councillor threatened with prison for alleged tree injunction breach


Sheffield Council will try to get one of its own members sent to prison for allegedly breaching an injunction relating to tree felling. Alison Teal, a Green Party councillor for Nether Edge and Sharrow, tweeted a ‘hand-delivered’ letter from the authority claiming she had breached the High Court order stopping people from, among other things, stepping inside safety barriers put up on around trees on the city’s public roads. The letter, dated September 29, warns Coun Teal the council plans to take her back to court for the alleged breach, adding: “In the application the council will be seeking your…

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