January 19, 2018

  • Megacities

    Planting 20 percent more trees in megacities would double the benefits of urban forests

    According to a study published in Ecological Modelling, planting 20 percent more trees in megacities would mean cleaner air and water, lower carbon and less energy use, doubling the benefits of trees in cities. Benefits include pollution reduction, carbon sequestration, and energy reduction. The authors of the study, which was carried out at Parthenope University of Naples in Italy, say city planners, residents and other stakeholders should start looking within cities for natural resources and conserve the nature in our urban areas by planting more trees. Their work has been selected by an international scientific committee to be given the…

  • Borders

    Forestry Commission Scotland to encourage Borders farmers to plant more trees

    Forestry Commission Scotland will be hosting three evening talks to Borders farmers to encourage environmentally friendly tree planting into their business. The talks, which will be held in Stow, Morebattle and Eddleston, aim to show the land owners the benefits of tree planting on their farms. Doug Howieson, Forestry Commission Scotland’s conservator for south Scotland said: “The Scottish Government is looking to increase tree planting to help mitigate climate change and to secure timber supplies and jobs for the future. “Forestry is a long-term business and it takes time to think through woodland creation ideas and turn them into approved…

  • Gristwood

    Gristwood and Toms Champions International Accreditation Programme

    A pioneering international accreditation programme to standardise vocational training and assessment in the arboriculture industry across the world is being championed by the UK’s largest, specialist arboricultural company, Gristwood and Toms Ltd. The pilot scheme, spearheaded by ABA International and UK vocational training specialists, A1 Arborists, enables chainsaw operators from around the globe to evidence their skills and qualifications to an internationally agreed standard. Arboricultural companies will be able to employ ABA certificated workers with confidence, knowing that the required operator skills and safety standards have been achieved. To date, the scheme has gained the support of 22 countries, and…

  • Barcham

    Barcham Tree’s Keith Sacre to be sole UK speaker at Chesapeake Green in 2018 symposium

    Barcham Trees’ Keith Sacre will be the sole speaker from the United Kingdom at “Chesapeake Green 2018”, an annual horticultural symposium now in its 15th year to be held at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, USA, on 20 and 20 February 2018. The event attracts a varied audience of nursery staff, landscapers, greenhouse growers, garden centre owners, plus turf and nutrient management professionals. Sacre’s presentation Tree Production, Within and Beyond the Nursery Gates will focus on Barcham’s containerised tree production and how Barcham has moved beyond conventional tree nursery work into urban forestry and close involvement in the production…

  • Scottish

    Woodland creation activity reaches unprecedented levels with £3 million funding from Central Scotland Green Network

    Funding for tree planting schemes in the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area has been trebled as woodland creation activity reaches unprecedented levels. Currently, around 2,500ha of woodland creation activity, about the same size as East Kilbride, is being planned for this year. If all the projects come to fruition as expected, it will be the highest tree planting level in the area since 1999. The increase in tree planting activity is largely due to Forestry Commission Scotland promoting the benefits of integrating woodlands into farming and landowning businesses. The Central Scotland Green Network area stretches from Ayrshire and Inverclyde…



Government give go-ahead for new 50 million tree Northern Forest

Jan 9, 2018

The Woodland Trust and The Community Forest Trust plan to create an exciting new Northern Forest that will comprise over 50 million trees over 25 years and will stretch from Liverpool across to Hull with the M62 as its spine, has received Government backing this morning. The project will embrace the major cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Chester and Hull as well as major towns across the north. It will deliver major environmental, social and economic benefits that complement the significant growth, investment and new infrastructure that is planned for the north of England. The Northern Forest will both…


Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, reacts to Michael Gove’s post-Brexit speech

Jan 8, 2018

Reacting to Michael Gove’s speech to the Oxford Farming Conference today, Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of forestry and timber trade body Confor, said: “Confor welcomes Michael Gove’s confirmation that, post-Brexit, we can do things differently, and more sustainably, in our rural areas. “There is scope for our land to deliver more for society and for the environment, and Mr Gove’s speech recognised that, with specific mention of planting more trees as part of a new direction – away from the Common Agricultural Policy and towards a broader natural capital approach. “There is scope for all to benefit from a new way of working – farmers,…


3fD release details of their new XR8 Traxion woodchipper for Först

Jan 8, 2018

Product design company 3fD (3form Design) have released details of their latest product: XR8 Traxion, a high performance woodchipper for Först that’s been specially designed to navigate sloped, rugged surfaces where other heavy machinery struggles. The 3fD team integrated hydraulic legs into the design to allow it to operate in challenging terrain, such as man-made railway embankments, and carefully designed it to deliver remarkable quality, strength and reliability without compromising on aesthetics or brand. Först operate in a market that’s generally lacking in brand awareness and saw this as an opportunity to help them grow their brand recognition. 3fD’s design…


Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant opens for applications

Jan 3, 2018

As of Tuesday 2 January 2018, applicants can apply for the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant – a scheme to help landowners reap the environmental and financial benefits of woodland creation. The grant is open to all qualifying land managers. Successful applicants will receive a two-year capital grant of up to £6,800 per hectare, as well as an opportunity to apply for annual maintenance payments for ten years. Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “Planting trees is one of the best ways we can invest in our environment for future generations. They provide a haven for wildlife, reduce flood risk and improve water…


Local MP helps plant 50 trees at a York nature reserve

Jan 3, 2018

A recent tree planting event in St Nicks Nature Reserve in York saw volunteers and staff from a local charity, employees from energy firm Octopus Energy and York Central MP Rachel Maskell to plant 50 trees. Octopus Energy’s wider initiative was launched in early 2017 to plant 1,000 trees in community spaces and schools across the country. St Nicks Nature Reserve sits on a former landfill site, which closed in the 1970s and capped with clay. The energy firm provided a variety of Hawthorne, Maple, Holly and Hazel. Jonathan Dent, St Nicks Nature Reserve manager, said: “As an Octopus Energy…


Snickers’ New FLEXIWork Floorlayers Work Trousers

Jan 2, 2018

The Ultimate solution for working on your knees – delivering optimal freedom of movement and long-lasting durability. Available this spring, Snickers’ new Floorlayers Work Trousers and the patented Knee Guard System combine very effectively to deliver the ultimate solution for working safely and in comfort on your knees. These new and innovative trousers take the best features, fabrics and functionality from Snickers’ new FLEXIWork range and combine them with the best of the classic Floorlayer trouser. With an advanced body-mapping design, they’re made from the highly durable Ripstop fabric with a ‘mechanical stretch’, providing great flexibility, comfort and advanced functionality….