October 16, 2018

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    Storm Callum brings down trees across Greater Manchester

    Strong winds have brought trees down trees across Greater Manchester. It comes after a weather warning of strong gusts was issued for Greater Manchester this morning as Storm Callum swept into the region. Gusts of 45mph have been recorded today, while winds could reach 60mph around exposed hills, with the warning in place until midnight. In Hulme a large tree blocked the road when it came down on Moss Lane East close to the junction of Hulme High Street and the library and leisure centre. It was reported to the fire service at about 1.30pm and the incident was passed on to…

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    Scottish plan to plant 500 acres of broadleaf trees above the A83

    After the latest landslides at the Rest and Be Thankful, questions are being asked over why a scheme to plant trees above the road has been held up for six years. Drivers are facing diversions after the A83 at the beauty spot, in Argyll, remained closed over the weekend following fresh landslips brought on by heavy rain The motorists have been forced to take a 60-mile detour since Tuesday when 2,500 tonnes of debris tumbled down Ben Luibhean blocking the main road and the Old Military Road which is normally used as a relief route. However, after another 300 tonnes…

  • climate

    Trees can rescue climate crisis

    Tree Conference to share message that by protecting and regenerating our planet’s forests, we can prevent a global temperature rise beyond 1.5C. With the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report urging for global warming to be kept within 1.5C, The Tree Conference – to be held at The Merlin Theatre in Frome on Sunday 21 October – will highlight the vital role trees and reforestation can play in limiting climate change. As The Guardian reported yesterday (Tuesday 9 October), Shell boss Ben van Beurden has said this week that a huge tree-planting project the size of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest…

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    Free STIHL accessories

    The STIHL chainsaw promotion is back by popular demand. Users can receive STIHL accessories worth up to £87 when purchasing selected cordless and petrol chainsaws.   The promotion runs until 14 December 2018. Any customer purchasing either a cordless MSA 160 C-BQ or MSA 200 C-BQ chainsaw, as well as a petrol powered MS 180 or MS 181, will receive a pair of clear contrast goggles, a filing kit and ADVANCE MS Ergo gloves, free of charge.   Purchasing the petrol powered MS 211, MS 231 or the MS 251 saws will gift customers with ADVANCE MS Ergo gloves, a filing kit,…

  • Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

    Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy extended by 50,000 trees

    Fifty thousand trees will be winging their way across the UK next week to form part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), a network of global forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. They will be planted by 10,000 members of the public who snapped them up in a matter of minutes in a free tree giveaway made possible by a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury’s and ITV. The giveaway was in support of a landmark documentary, The Queen’s Green Planet, screened on ITV in April. It followed Her Majesty the Queen and…



Oxford considers measures to preserve and protect trees

Sep 25, 2018

Measures to preserve and protect trees are the focus of an ordinance proposed by the city’s Environmental Commission and discussed by Oxford City Council at a Tuesday work session prior to their regular meeting. The Environmental Commission had submitted its proposed ordinance to Planning Commission in January of this year and that commission reviewed it and recommended amendments. For purposes of the work session, City Manager Doug Elliott recommended focusing on the original Environmental Commission document, in part because it was seven pages and less confusing that the 66-page Planning proposal. One issue in Council’s discussion involved the potential for…

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Network Rail won’t fell more trees despite calls from ORR chief

Sep 25, 2018

Network Rail will not increase its tree felling programme despite calls from the chief inspector of Railways to do so. Chief inspector of Railways for the Office of Rail and Road Ian Prosser urged Network Rail to cut down more trackside trees after his journey was delayed by damage to tracks during Storm Ali. Network Rail currently uses drones to map its railway lines and vegetation stretching 60m either side, which it claims allows the operator to target trees that pose a threat. However Prosser said that “more needs to be done”. “Much has been done already by Network Rail…


GreenMech launch SURE-Trak System at APF 2018

Sep 21, 2018

GreenMech will use APF 2018 to launch their next generation SURE-Trak System. 2018 will see further improvements to the SAFE-Trak19-28 woodchipper’s stability and performance.   For occasions with uncomfortable ground undulations, or differing levels between the two tracks. The GreenMech SURE-Trak System option for the SAFE-Trak 19-28 ensures that both challenges can be safely overcome.   The independent pivoting track assemblies allow each track to maintain contact with the ground. This is while the contours, to provide a surer footprint and improved stability.   Furthermore, the pivoting track System allows safe traversing of slopes in excess of 35 degrees. Its…


British team named for Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship

Sep 19, 2018

Team GB aim to make most of home advantage in the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship, which takes place at Echo Arena Liverpool on 19 – 20 October. British champion Elgan Pugh teams up with fellow countrymen Glen Penlington, David Thomas and Andrew Evans. Craig Golder is in reserve. This is the first time the UK has hosted the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship. Stihl TIMBERSPORTS is an international extreme sports competition series. It involves athletes sawing, slicing and chopping wood at speed, using axes and saws. The World Championship will see the best athletes from more than 20 nations around the…

The Environmental Training centre

The Environmental Training Centre launches at APF

Sep 18, 2018

The Environmental Training Centre is launching at the APF at Ragley Estate, Alcester, Warwickshire on 20-22 September. This purpose built, state of the art training centre based on a picturesque rural estate in the Midlands will be delivering high quality arboricultural training by highly experienced trainers who are well respected within the industry. Courses include tree climbing and aerial rescue, chainsaw maintenance, felling and cross cutting, pesticides, rigging, CPD and refresher courses, etc. The centre has purpose built classrooms, fully equipped workshop, indoor training tree and hard and softwood plantations on site. We will be able to provide flexible and…

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Historic east Leeds tree is shortlisted for ‘tree of the year’ award

Sep 18, 2018

An iconic east Leeds tree with a romantic history has been shortlisted in a Britain-wide competition to find the ‘Tree of the Year’ 2018. History of the tree Nellie’s Tree in Parlington is one of England’s finalists in the contest run by The Woodland Trust. History has it that nearly 100 years ago, a young Garforth man, Victor Stead, would walk along the old colliery railway to visit his Nellie Mosby, a young lady he was courting who lived in nearby Aberford. One day, Victor, a miner and keen gardener, came across three beech saplings on his route and grafted…