December 12, 2018

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    Guidance offered to help tree planting schemes

    Farmers are being offered help to improve tree planting schemes to make them more effective at capturing airborne ammonia and reducing air pollution. Developed as part of a research programme funded by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the new ammonia capture package includes advice on which tree species will thrive in different parts of the UK,what distance to plant trees from animal housing and in what configuration. An online calculator, meanwhile, is designed to give farmers an estimate of the percentage of ammonia that they will be able to recapture.Estimated capture benefits are calculated for long-term plantings of up…

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    Tree planting in UK ‘must double to tackle climate change’

    Government advisers call for radical changes, including turning farmland into forests Tree planting must double by 2020 as part of radical changes to land use in the UK, according to the government’s advisers on climate change. New forests would lock up carbon but also help to limit the more frequent floods expected with global warming. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said land currently used to produce food would need to be converted to woodland, growing crops to produce energy and for new homes to accommodate the growing population. Up to 17% of cropland and 30% of grassland could be…

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    Forestry Commission act on tree pest detected in Kent

    The Forestry Commission is acting on the tree pest eight-toothed spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) which has been discovered in Kent Woodland managers, land owners, the forest industry and tree nurseries that supply mature conifer specimens are being urged to remain vigilant after the Forestry Commission identified a breeding population of the eight-toothed spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) in Kent. This was as part of routine surveillance activity. The beetles have been discovered in a woodland setting, the government contingency plan has been initiated and the Forestry Commission has been designated the competent body for the outbreak. Movement restrictions have been…

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    Landowners stress they want less interference over what trees to plant where

    Scottish Land & Estates – which represents landowners, rural businesses and rural professionals – said it wants greater acknowledgement from the government that there will be “conflicts around land use choices.” It fears the development of combined strategies “which dictate what a land use should be.” SLE said an integrated land use strategy which underpins forestry, farming and other sectors remains a challenge. It has responded to the consultation on Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-29 which was undertaken by the Scottish Government. The organisation said it supported efforts to promote and develop sustainable forestry, but recognised achieving consensus over different land…

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    Green-fingered pupils plant trees for their forest school

    Pupils at Greenford Church of England Primary School in Maiden Newtonhelped plant 240 trees for their forest school area. Forest school is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. Every child at Greenford School planted a tree on the school grounds. The Woodland Trust donated trees for this project. Mr Masters, one of Greenford’s parents, who is a West Dorset Reserves Warden at Dorset Wildlife Trust, planned and mapped out the new area and then led a team of volunteers to help each child plant a tree. Jo Ashley, school secretary,…



Green-tech protect 29,500 trees at East Midlands quarry

Nov 16, 2018

Bantycock Quarry, a gypsum quarry operated by Saint-Gobain Formula has recently undergone a tremendous revival to preserve the environment and create an ideal habitat for a diverse range of wildlife. Glendale, a professional green service company who manage and maintain green environments were awarded the contract to regenerate 25 acres of the worked-out quarry area into native countryside. The Project Proposals were developed by landscape architects DRaW (UK) Ltd and agreed with the local authority to encourage biodiversity and enhance the landscape at Saint-Gobain Formula’s Bantycock Gypsum Quarry. Located in Balderton near Newark, this is a key industrial site in…


Trees planted in memory of war heroes

Nov 16, 2018

Trees have been planted near Ramsbury Airfield in memory of those lost at war. Donated by the Woodland Trust, the trees were planted during a service held on Saturday where wreaths were laid, prayers were made and a minute silence was held. A Wing Commander also laid his own wreath against a remembrance tree. Claire Costello, former Froxfield parish councillor, who helped to organise the service said: “Thank you to all those who came and planted trees for Remembrance and making Saturday 10th November a memorable day. “With special thanks to Peter Wilson, the landowner, The Revd. Canon Simon Weeden…


World War One: Trees planted to honour fallen footballers

Nov 13, 2018

Trees commemorating professional footballers who died in World War One have been planted around England and Wales. Most of the 92 clubs in the Premier and Football Leagues are participating in the Football Remembers campaign to mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict’s end. They have been planting groves of trees supplied by the Woodland Trust. The North West of England has always been a hotbed of football, and the region sent some of its finest players off to fight in the trenches. Here we remember some of those who served their country and, in many cases, paid the ultimate…

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How to conduct a tree survey

Nov 13, 2018

Regardless of their number, it remains to be every tree owner’s responsibility to get their trees checked. The more trees they have, especially those in high-risk areas, the higher the responsibility. A Tree survey is of huge importance in not only maintaining safety but also the proper growth and development of new trees, whether they be in small wooded areas or vast forests. A professional arborist can conduct a tree survey on either public or private property. The result gives property owners useful information, so they can decide what to do with the trees and, consequently, their land. The information captured…


Protected tree felling prosecution

Nov 9, 2018

A Beckenham resident who knowingly felled three protected pine trees has been prosecuted.   Peter Clarke of Westgate Road, Beckenham, pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to carrying out prohibiting work. This includes felling, to the protected trees without the written consent of the local authority. He received orders to pay total fines and costs of over £15,000.   Councillor Kate Lymer, executive councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “Householders are responsible for their privately-owned land and its upkeep. This includes their obligations as custodians of trees with preservation orders on them. Enforcement and prosecution is always a last resort. But, when the amenity…


Arborist Harness Guide

Nov 8, 2018

In 2016 the Tree Care Industry Association (TICA) found a total of 92 tree care related fatalities. Of these, the most common injury in 2016 was due to a fall (48 injuries with 26 fatalities) and this trend has remained unchanged since 2013. A 2017 study by The Arboricultural Association found that 60% of practicing arborists considered poor work positioning to be the cause of accidents in the workplace. It should be clear to any arborist that your harness is front and centre in terms of keeping you safe as you perform any type of aerial work. The good news…