April 20, 2018

  • Stihl

    STIHL launch world’s first electronic fuel injection chainsaw

    The new STIHL MS 500i is the world’s first chainsaw with electronic fuel injection and a never-before achieved power-to-weight ratio. With the MS 500i, STIHL presents the world’s first standard chainsaw with electronically controlled fuel injection, consolidating its position as a technology leader. The STIHL injection technology (i) not only provides the chainsaw of the future with incredible torque, but also ensures rapid acceleration of the saw chain from 0 to 100 km/h in just 0.25 seconds. Thanks to the intelligent lightweight design, the MS 500i is also has the best ever power-to-weight ratio – 1.24 kilograms per kilowatt, an…

  • Serbian

    Serbian spruce article wins judges vote for James Cup 2018

    An article examining Serbian spruce as a potential alternative to Sitka and Norway spruces to build resilience in forests has won the prestigious James Cup 2018. Co-authored by Peter Savill, Scott Wilson, Bill Mason, Richard Jinks, Victoria Stokes and Tom Christian, the article appeared in the January 2017 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Forestry (QJF) and was part of a Species Profile Project looking at tree species that might be used in Britain if climate change proceeds as predicted, and in the light of the threats posed by tree pests and diseases. After examining its habitat and ecology, record…

  • Portadown

    Portadown arborist’s intrepid cat rescue

    Local Portadown resident Vilma Orzekauskaite spotted the cat as she looked out of her window in People’s Park, quickly realising that the cat, which was perched on a high branch, dangling over the river, was stuck. Vilma tried to coax the cat down from the tree with a range of tricks and food, “It was too high for me to get up there,” she comments. She then tried the local NI Fire and Rescue Service but discovered that they no longer deal with cat rescues. With few options left, Vilma turned to the internet for help and advice for getting…

  • Removed

    Assessing the need for tree removal: top 10 tips

    Deciding whether a tree needs to be removed can be a tricky business. Lee Davies, Consultant at Artemis Tree Services, offers advice to help arborists through the process. As tree professionals we understand the wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits trees provide, such as absorbing pollution, reducing the severity of flooding, and improving the health and wellbeing of society as a whole. It is therefore important that these benefits are conserved wherever practicable. However, there will be circumstances when trees need to be removed. Below are ten tips for identifying trees that need to be removed. Training Obtain…

  • Pine

    Dartmouth College research predicts which trees are at greatest risk of beetle invasion

    Research published in Forest Ecology and Management shows that the composition of forests is more important than other factors when predicting the path of the southern pine beetle, with pitch pine forests being more susceptible to the pests that forests with a mix of tree species. Carissa Aoki, a post-doctoral research associate at Dartmouth and lead author of the study commented: “Knowing which tree stands may be most susceptible to this beetle is extremely important information for managers working to protect our forests. “This research not only tells us that preventative treatment such as thinning can be effective, but also…



An interview with Kevin Hayes, tree officer at the London Borough of Newham

Apr 16, 2018

Kevin Hayes, tree officer at the London Borough of Newham, tells us about what his job involves, the evolving roles of tree officers, and the effects of funding cuts on local authority arboriculture How did you get into arboriculture? Before I worked in arboriculture, I had jobs in a number of industries, but primarily in printing. After working in a fume-filled building with one window, I decided I needed to work outside, and hopefully in changeable locations. A job came up in a local paper as a groundsman for a small-time tree surgeon, and it all started from there. Why…


Forest of Dean District Council reject holiday cabins to maintain ancient woodland

Apr 16, 2018

Plans to create seven log cabins and two shepherd’s huts in the Forest of Dean has been stopped by the council due to the destruction of ancient woodland. The holiday homes were to be built in Lower Newent Woods, Cliffords Mesne, Gloucestershire, but has been prevented as it would: “create significant harm to the intrinsic beauty and tranquillity of the local landscape character.” Lead campaigner for the Woodland Trust Oliver Newham said: “Ancient woodland is our most precious habitat, yet it accounts for only 2% of UK tree cover. It is land that has been continuously wooded since 1600 so…


Niwaki to hold Open House Event on 20th and 21st April

Apr 13, 2018

Niwaki Spring Ladder Event – celebrating the start of the gardening year Niwaki will be holding another of their popular Open House Events.  As well as the usual, sushi, tools & ladders there will be a tool sharpening demonstrations and rolling screenings of a series of short films founder Jake Hobson has just shot in Japan on a recent trip.  A must attend event for Niwaki fans to learn more about Japanese gardening and tools. Niwaki Spring Ladder Event and Short Film Screenings Friday 20th April (10-6)  & Saturday 21st April (10-4) Sushi, Niwaki short films, special offers and ex-display…


The Parks Trust secures compensation for unlawful felling of trees

Apr 11, 2018

The Parks Trust, the self-financing charity that manages and maintains over 6,000 acres of green space across Milton Keynes, has secured compensation of £10,000 plus payment of its costs from the Burger King restaurant in Milton Keynes. In October last year contractors acting for the restaurant unlawfully felled eight horse chestnut trees and one alder tree on Parks Trust land adjacent to the Burger King outlet on H5 Portway in Central Milton Keynes. The Trust reported it to the police as criminal damage and sought compensation from Burger King to enable replacement trees to be planted. Faced with the prospect…


Police investigating felling of protected trees in Lock Lomond

Apr 10, 2018

Staff at Loch Lomond Shores witnessed a group of men clearing 118 mature trees in Loch Lomond in March, promptly alerting the national park. Officers leading the probe have confirmed that they are chasing a lead, stating: “There is a positive line of enquiry. However it is still ongoing at the moment.” The larger portion of the land is owned by the national park, with a smaller section being owned by the Flamingo Land development company. There has been a proposed development of a £30million resort by the leisure company at West Riverside, seeking planning permission in principle later this…


Bolton school children help plant 21,000 trees

Apr 10, 2018

The start of the Northern Forest project is taking place on Smithills estate with the first of the 50-million trees. The first of the 130 pupils were members of the St Peter’s Smithills Dead Eco Club, with final planting reaching 1,200 trees from the children. Pupils from St Peter’s SMithills Dean CE Primary were joined by Bolton Mayor Roger Hayes, Horwich Mayor Steve Rock, Manchester Lord Lieutenant Warren Smith, Bolton West MP Chris Green and Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis at the ceremonial planting event at the site last month. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Thérèse Coffey,…