February 21, 2018

  • China

    China to deploy 60,000 soldiers to plant 6,000,000 hectares of new trees

    China will be mobilising 60,000 soldiers to plant 6.6 million hectares of new trees over the next year, a space of land around the size of Ireland. Soldiers will be reassigned from The People’s Liberation Army with the goal of increasing the country’s total forest coverage from 21% to 23%. Millions of trees will be planted in Hebei, a province surrounding the capital Beijing, which is heavily polluted and a major reason behind the infamous smog throughout the city. Zhang Jianlong, head of the State Forestry Administration, stated that this scheme will be a part of the larger 33.8 million…

  • Hackney

    250-year-old plane trees to be pruned and cut due to fungus in Hackney

    The plane trees, each around 250 years old, are set to be pruned back and then eventually cut down in the London borough of Hackney due to fungus, which is eating away at their roots. Though the trees are seen as something of a local landmark, representatives state that their roots are being eaten away by a fungus, which is leaving them dangerously unstable. The news was delivered at Clissold House on Tuesday by Hackney Council arboriculture specialist Thomas Campbell, who said new trees would be grown from cuttings of the two in question. A town hall spokesman said: “Following…

  • UKIP

    Dudley Council agrees to review tree maintenance policy

    Dudley council has agreed to review its policy relating to tree maintenance after UKIP councillow Bill Etheridge, representative of Sedgley, put forward a motion asking for the public to have more say on the cutting back of “nuisance” trees. The motion was submitted by UKIP’s Dudley group leader, Councillor Paul Brothwood due to cllr Etheridge other engagements. Speaking at the meeting, cllr Brothwood said: “When you get elected, there are three major things you come across, potholes, badgers and trees – being a major one. Certainly in Sedgley there has been quite a serious problem. “As local councillors we know…

  • Selby

    Disease-resistant elm to be developed in Sheffield

    The English elm has gone from being the UK’s most common tree prior to the 1960s to one of the rarest today due to Dutch elm disease, which has wiped out over 60 million trees since its arrival in the UK. A resident of Sheffield is aiming to start a new initiative which will bring the elm back to the UK, with the help of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust. The national project aims to establish eight experimental plantations across the UK, with three saplings of eight varieties of Dutch elm disease-resistant elm trees being planted in Greno Woods. The…

  • Croydon

    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,…



Private training provider The Training Tree looks towards the future

Feb 17, 2018

There is a major behind the scenes change with The Training Tree, a private training provider currently delivering the ABC level 4 diploma in arboriculture. Lisa Sanderson, training developer and lecturer, is taking on The Training Tree as her own thanks to the support and encouragement of Jago Keen, the company founder. The company was set up by Jago and Lisa to fill a much needed gap in the training industry. Courses have been tailored to allow flexibility in the hectic modern world, allowing students to fit education in around their varied and busy lifestyles. This modernisation of education allows…


New laser scanning ‘weighs’ trees to assess carbon stored in forests

Feb 16, 2018

New laser scanning technology has revealed that one sycamore near Oxford has almost seven miles of branches. The aim of the project is to “weigh” the trees to accurately assess the carbon stored in forests and what role they can play in tackling climate change. A three-dimensional picture of the trees is built up using thousands of points of data collected using lasers. This reveals the structure and its volume, which allows an estimate of mass. A sycamore tree in Wytham Woods near Oxford was found to have nearly 6.8 miles of branches. The research states that this is double…


Primary school in Bury St Edmunds holds tree planting day

Feb 15, 2018

Tollgate Primary School kicked off their tree planting day with an assembly introducing the trees, followed by a lesson in the many benefits that trees have on the planet. Lessons were held throughout the day discussing tree lifecycles and the many uses of trees. Small groups of children from all year groups worked to plant the young saplings. Jo Quittenton, who leads the school’s outdoor learning programme, said: “They were amazed to discover that a harp came from bark. “The children were very inquisitive, engaged and a tremendous day was had by all.”


New GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160 takes over 70% of tree surgeon Kevin Patton’s work

Feb 13, 2018

Kevin Patton, Tree Surgeon, purchased his first woodchipper back in 2002 and has a few different makes and models in his fleet. However, he faced a major challenge when it came to purchasing new equipment for him and his team of 4 – towing capacity. To satisfy the company’s requirement for a powerful, versatile, but lightweight chipper, they turned to GreenMech and their sub 750kg QuadChip 160. Established in 1999, the company carries out a wide array of tree work and woodland management for a range of customers in the Guisborough area.  “Our work is very diverse – a pretty…


Life Tree projects aims to mark every birth, death and marriage with a tree

Feb 13, 2018

Thought to be the first initiative of its kind in Northern Ireland, the Life Tree project will see around 4,000 native tree saplings planted each year to cut air pollution and improve public health. A Northern Ireland council is taking on the initiative in partnership with Public Health Agency (PHA) and the North West Regional College. Derry city and the Strabane District Council area will be covered as a part of the council’s wider air quality improvement strategy. Registered families will be able to either plant a sapling in their home or, alternatively, have the council plant it in a…


Extraordinary Homes’ Piers Taylor to present Forestry Excellence Awards

Feb 13, 2018

Award winning architect, broadcaster and academic,  Piers Taylor, who himself  lives in a self built house in a working woodland, will be presenting the RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards 2018 at the National Arboretum at Westonbirt in July. Among programmes Piers has co-presented are The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, three series of The House that £100k Built on BBC Two and Britain’s Most Spectacular Backyard Builds for BBC Two. Woodland owners and managers and forestry education and skills organisations in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Somerset and Dorset, and the South West (Devon and Cornwall) have until 6…