April 19, 2018

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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Andy Burnham helps Bolton pupils plant first site of 120 mile new Northern Forest


School children, spades at the ready, are this week turning out in force to play a hands on role in creating a greener landscape for their future. Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham joined them on Wednesday 14 March to plant trees at Smithills, the first site of the ground-breaking new Northern Forest. Conceived by the Woodland Trust and England’s Community Forests, including City of Trees in Greater Manchester, Government provided £5.7m to kick-start the £500m project in January. This week sees the first of the trees going in to the ground at the Woodland Trust’s new Smithills site on the edge…

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Ted Green’s Barcham Tree seminar back by popular demand


So highly regarded by tree care professionals is Ted Green MBE that the demand for places at the Barcham Trees seminar he is leading on 21 March 2018 far exceeded the capacity of the nursery’s lecture room, resulting in him repeating the day later in the year. His presentation “Thoughts on Arboriculture Today” will explore tree archaeology, consider the first arborists and look at how trees provided forgotten food. Ted Green is a champion of ancient trees, believing they should be seen as historic living monuments, founder president of the Ancient Tree Forum and conservation consultant to the Crown Estate,…

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Sheffield trees: Protest policing defended after ‘escalation’


South Yorkshire Police has defended its handling of tree protests in Sheffield after an ex-council leader raised concerns about its approach. Liberal Democrat peer Lord Scriven wrote to the chief constable querying the force’s neutrality after a large police presence on Abbeydale Park Rise. He asked if the removal of “one tree” on Monday required the attendance of 33 officers and 20 security staff. South Yorkshire Police said its approach was “fair and even-handed”. More on this story and others in South Yorkshire In the letter to chief constable Stephen Watson, sent on Tuesday, Lord Scriven described a “very worrying…

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Women in Arboriculture Working group launched


In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 the Aboricultural Association is pleased to announce the formation of a new ‘Women in Arboriculture Working Group’, which will look at the best ways to encourage more women to get into arboriculture and address the gender imbalance that exists within the industry. The purpose of the new Women’s working group will be to promote and engage women in Arboriculture at all levels, from contractors to consultants, academics, suppliers, Tree Officers and support staff alike. Gender equality is a major issue around the globe and whether it’s at the BBC or within Arboriculture there…

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New tree officer employed to oversee 3,500 new trees planted in Croydon


Croydon Council is set to spend £900,000 on planting 3,500 new trees throughout the borough in the next five years. An average of 700 trees per year between 2018 and 2023 at an annual cost of £180,000 in a bid to improve air quality in the borough. Areas will poor air quality will have trees planted first, making the town centre and surrounding areas, including the more northern wards, like to be prioritised. Local councillors and residents have requested other locations such as road junctions, which have higher pollution levels to be prioritised also. Varieties of trees will include cherry,…

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Chris Packham joins campaign to save East Cowes umbrella tree


The TV wildlife presenter Chris Packham, best known for his CBBC children’s nature series The Really Wild Show, has joined the campaign to stop the felling of the umbrella tree on the Isle of Wight. Planted in East Cowes over 100 years ago, the umbrella tree is set to be cut down due to fungus. Packham said the tree could be saved and urged the council to “listen to your community and fix it rather than fell it”. Residents campaigning to save the tree have tied dozens of ribbons around it. Packham said in a tweet: “Trees aren’t for councils, they’re…

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Rob Keyzor Tree Surgeons and Arboricultural Consultants takes on new Contracts Manager


From the sunny plains of Africa to the rolling hills of Staffordshire, Dak Wiles takes on new role in growing company. David ‘Dak’ Wiles has recently taken on the position of Contracts Manager at Rob Keyzor Tree Surgeons and Arboricultural Consultants Ltd, a long established Staffordshire based company. Growing up in Africa, surrounded by beautiful countryside and magnificent forests, Dak was passionate about trees and nature. He later moved with his family to the UK, where his enthusiasm and love for trees led him to set up Explore Trees, a group for like minded people who want to explore and…

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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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