October 16, 2018

British team named for Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship

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Team GB aim to make most of home advantage in the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship, which takes place at Echo Arena Liverpool on 19 – 20 October. British champion Elgan Pugh teams up with fellow countrymen Glen Penlington, David Thomas and Andrew Evans. Craig Golder is in reserve. This is the first time the UK has hosted the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship. Stihl TIMBERSPORTS is an international extreme sports competition series. It involves athletes sawing, slicing and chopping wood at speed, using axes and saws. The World Championship will see the best athletes from more than 20 nations around the…

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Greenworx branches out with Mercedes-Benz Unimog

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Tree surgery and ground clearance contractor Greenworx is going for growth, after acquiring its first Mercedes-Benz Unimog. The versatile off-road truck is more than paying its way by performing the work of several other vehicles – it can power a range of attached implements and combines the rough terrain capability of a tractor with a 56 mph on road cruising speed. Supplied by specialist Unimog Dealer Lloyd Ltd, the U430 model has a factory-fitted tipping body with aluminium dropsides. Its six-cylinder engine produces 220 kW (299 hp), and drives through an automatic gearbox which allows the driver to concentrate fully…

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Why trees are better than people | John Parker | TEDxCanton

Did you know that trees in urban areas can improve child development, reduce violence and boost house prices? John Parker tells us about ‘nature’s air-conditioners’, and why we shouldn’t take them for granted.

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Tree Rescue saves veteran trees for free

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UK landowners, arborists and members of the public are invited to nominate veteran trees that are stressed or in decline to receive free revitalising treatment from Tree Rescue. Britain has more ancient trees than almost all other European countries but, despite their value, maintaining their health has long been overlooked in environmental plans and legislation, including DEFRA’s 25 Year Environmental Plan published earlier this year.  Now tree officers, consultants and the general public have the opportunity to get free treatment for their veteran trees through Tree Rescue. Tree Rescue, which is sponsored by Apex Soil Solutions and Carbon Gold, is…

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There is no oak left: Are Britain’s trees disappearing?

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England’s oak trees are disappearing fast. The last of the trees planted by the Victorians are now being harvested, and in the intervening century so few have been grown – and fewer still grown in the right conditions for making timber – that imports, mostly from the US and Europe, are the only answer. “We are now using the oaks our ancestors planted, and there has been no oak coming up to replace it,” says Mike Tustin, chartered forester at John Clegg and Co, the woodland arm of estate agents Strutt and Parker. “There is no oak left in England….

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Search is on for the Tree of the Year 2018

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Members of the public are being asked to nominate the UK’s most treasured trees in a contest to promote their protection. The Woodland Trust has launched the 2018 Tree of the Year competition to find the nation’s favourite trees which have played a role in history, communities or people’s individual lives. There will be a public vote on nominated trees to find a favourite from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England, from which a single UK entry will be chosen to compete in the European Tree of the Year contest. The UK contest is now in its fifth year, and last…

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The UK government tree champion: What’s his role?

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Environment secretary Michael Gove has appointed the UK’s first tree champion to support the government’s pledge to plant over 11 million trees, as well as to unite local leaders and councils to prevent the unnecessary felling of the carbon dioxide-inhalers. The appointment of Sir William Worsley has been welcomed by environmental campaigners, as it comes at a time when the UK is dealing with something of a tree loss epidemic. The controversial plan to fell 20,000 in Sheffield, the exposure of Network Rail’s intention to remove all ‘leaf fall’ trees that line its tracks and a proposal to frack Sherwood Forest, are all signs of the times….

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104 trees could be felled for Ed Sheeran concert crowd

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Ed Sheeran was previously set to perform an open air concert in Germany this summer, however a high volume of trees may have put a spanner in the works. The popular musician was hoping to perform in Düsseldorf on July 22 and 85,000 tickets have already been sold. But the concert has been thrown into doubt after conservationists objected to plans to fell 104 trees at the venue to accommodate the crowd. It is the second time the concert has had to be cancelled, after it was moved from the original venue in nearby Essen. First there were fears Mr…

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Michael Gove will tell councils to stop tree felling to cut costs

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Councils will be told to stop felling thousands of trees to slash costs after the environment secretary appointed an expert to protect them. Michael Gove said Sir William Worsley — chair of the National Forest Company — would “rapidly drive forward planting rates and prevent street trees being felled”. The Cabinet minister last year accused council chiefs of “environmental vandalism” for chopping down trees. It came after he branded a scheme by Sheffield city council which felled more than 4,400 trees over the past five years as part of a £2.2bn road maintenance contract with Amey as “bonkers”. But the…

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Protesters trying to save Sheffield street trees avoid jail

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Three tree campaigners have avoided jail after being found in contempt of court for demonstrating against tree-felling work in Sheffield. Simon Crump, Benoit Benz Compin, and Fran Grace were taken to court by the city’s council as part of a long-running dispute over the city’s plans to fell up to 17,000 trees. A judge at the high court in Sheffield on Thursday found that the trio had breached an injunction by entering “safety zones” around trees to stop them being chopped down. The judge, Mr Justice Males, gave both Crump and Compin a two-month jail sentence, suspended for one year. He decided no…

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