June 20, 2018

Search is on for the Tree of the Year 2018


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?


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


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


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


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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Chilean tree expert in awe of Eden’s thriving monkey puzzle forest


The Eden Project’s work in preserving celebrated monkey puzzle trees as well as many other Chilean species has been praised by acclaimed documentary maker and author Rodrigo Fernandez, who has just published a definitive guide to trees from his home country growing abroad. Rows of monkey puzzles and other Chilean plants are thriving on a quiet south-facing hillside just outside the former china clay quarry, home to Eden’s world-famous Biomes. The Chilean arboretum was planted around the time Eden opened in 2001 as part of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Conifer Conservation Programme. It was visited by Rodrigo during a…

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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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