June 20, 2018

  • cities

    Scotland’s largest cities to combat climate change with tree planting

    Scotland’s four largest cities must improve coastal defences and should consider planting thousands of trees to combat the effects of climate change by 2050, according to a new report. People living in most of the world’s cities face problems caused by rising temperatures including heatwaves, flooding, water shortages and blackouts by mid-century without urgent action to curb greenhouse gases. It is “the future that nobody wants” warns the study by C40 Cities, a group of cities taking action on climate change, the Global Covenant of Mayors, the Urban Climate Change Research Network and climate advisory company Acclimatise. But authorities in cities…

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    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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    Thousands of new trees in Manchester schools to help learning and mental health

    A Greater Manchester charity is on a mission to plant tens of thousands of trees in primary and secondary schools across the region. City of Trees pledged to plant a total of three million saplings across Greater Manchester, one for every man, woman and child. 15,000 of those will be in schools. The ‘Trees for Learning’ initiative is part of a national DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) backed programme planting thousands of trees in schools across the UK. City of Trees is now calling for schools to get in touch if they want to get involved,…

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    Sheffield Council pay £700,000 in compensation over delays to tree-felling

    A council in England has been forced to pay £700,000 in compensation over the delays to its controversial tree-felling strategy, which campaigners claim is seeing healthy trees cut down unnecessarily. Sheffield Council paid the money to its highways maintenance contractor Amey after the disruption in 2017 contributed to delays to works that needed to be completed on more than 300 streets. The details of the payment have been made public after the council responded to an FOI request by local tree campaigner Neil Meadows. Waiting for decision The delays were caused by the council’s decision to wait for verdict from…

  • scotland

    14 million new trees planted in Scotland

    Around 14 million new trees were planted in Scotland last year with £33m paid to landowners to create new woodland. Most of the new trees can be found in the south of Scotland (28 per cent), with Perth, Argyll and Highland also sharing the growth in forestry. Forestry Enterprise Scotland confirmed that £33m was paid out to landowners in 2017 under the Forestry Grant Scheme to encourage new woodland, with the figure expected to rise next year. Rural Affairs secretary Fergus Ewing described the planting rates as “very encouraging” with 7,100 new hectares of land given over to new trees….



104 trees could be felled for Ed Sheeran concert crowd

Jun 14, 2018

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…


Perennial launches online budgeting tool to help manage finances

Jun 14, 2018

Perennial, the UK horticulture industry’s charity, has launched an online budgeting tool to help people understand their financial position and plan ahead. As the cost of living continues to rise beyond that of economic recovery, more and more people working across the UK horticulture sector are struggling to make ends meet, or are unable to put anything by for savings or emergencies. Taking control of finances, particularly when earning a low wage, is not easy but Perennial’s new online tool is designed to help people manage their money and to suggest changes to improve their finances. Matthew Cooper, debt advice manager at Perennial, says: “Creating a budget is important because…


Tree project for Shoreham launches

Jun 13, 2018

The Shoreham Society is launching a new project with the aim of bringing more trees to the town. The idea came from Rosslyn Road residents, who recently planted nine new trees. The society thinks this could be done in other parts of the town and has begun by considering possible sites. Shoreham-by-Trees will be launched at St Peter’s Church hall, West Street, Shoreham, on Friday at 7.30pm. Adrian Towler, from the society, said: “Alongside this is a project to beautify some of the unloved spaces in the area. It’s been dubbed SOS: Shoreham Open Spaces by society member Denise Binks….


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

Jun 13, 2018

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…


How to stay safe working near electricity power lines

Jun 12, 2018

Contact with electricity results in serious injury or even fatalities. UK Power Networks distributes more than a quarter of the UK’s electricity to London, the South East and the East of England, using overhead and underground power lines and substations. The company is urging workers to remember that where tree cutting equipment or machinery is used near overhead power lines, the risk must be considered and controlled. The Be Bright Stay Safe campaign supports safe working and behaviours, encourages the sharing of information and knowledge, and highlights the real risks of coming into contact with electricity. The campaign is reminding…

The oldest trees in Africa are dying, and scientists are stumped

Jun 12, 2018

In South Africa, the Limpopo province, a baobab tree once grew so large and stood so strong that its human neighbors decided to do the obvious: They built a pub inside the living tree’s thousand-year-old hollow trunk, which measured more than 150 feet around and enclosed two interconnected cavities. For two decades, the Sunland baobab attracted tourists wanting to knock back a pint in a tree. But in August 2016, one of the monster stems forming the interior wall cracked and collapsed. Eight months later, another huge chunk toppled over, and now, five of the giant Sunland stems have collapsed and died, leaving only half of the…