April 18, 2018

  • 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…

  • Nest

    Allington tree felling causes controversy due to nesting birds

    An ongoing housing project, which has already sparked controversy due to its destruction of green space and ancient woodland, has created further tension due to the alleged felling of trees during bird nesting season. The New Allington Action Group (NAAG) has called for Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) to prevent Croudace Homes, the Hermitage Park complex developers, from continuing their work. According to the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, it is an offence to take, damage, or destroy a nest which is in use or being built. Residents of Allington are claiming that the complex, which is being built off…

  • Newham

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

    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…



10,000 blight-resistant American chestnut trees grown by U.S researchers

Apr 10, 2018

The American chestnut trees were one of the most common trees on the East Coast of America a century ago, before the population between northern Georgia and Maine was decimated by a fungus, thought to be imported from Chinese chestnut trees in 1904. “It was a very important tree to our history, to the economy in the past,” said SUNY ESF professor William Powell, co-founder of the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project. The American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project has been conducting research at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry for nearly 30…


Woodland Trust to provide 50,000 trees to ITV viewers

Apr 9, 2018

Featuring a unique conversation between the Queen and Sir David Attenborough as they walked in the garden at Buckingham Palace last summer, a new landmark documentary from ITV will explore the ambition of a remarkable new initiative – a vast network of native forests across Britain and the Commonwealth, protected forever in The Queen’s name. The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) is creating a network of forest conservation initiatives across all 53 Commonwealth countries to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime’s service to the Commonwealth, while preserving natural habitat for future generations. In the run up to this landmark documentary, entitled The Queen’s…


Felled tree to be transformed into heron sculpture in Oldham

Apr 7, 2018

Oldham Council is inviting residents to celebrate the completion of a natural wooden sculpture in Uppermill Gardens this Easter. The masterpiece, which is to be shaped in the form of a heron, will be carved from the trunk of a recently felled cherry tree which has been in decline in recent years. The sculpting will take place during the Easter school holidays with the finishing touches added on Friday 13 April. To mark the occasion there will be a variety of woodland craft stalls and families can enjoy range of activities (10am-3pm). A number of knitted woodland animals will also…


Drax and Treemetrics confirmed for ICF’s National Conference in May

Apr 6, 2018

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has announced that power giant Drax and Ireland’s ‘Internet of Trees’ technology-solution provider Treemetrics are now confirmed for its flagship National Conference, this May in Edinburgh. The conference will focus on how the fast-moving developments in science and technology, and the revolution they bring – from global economies through to the workplace, will re-shape the forestry and arboriculture industry. This powerful platform will equip and inform foresters and arboriculturists to face the inevitable changes ahead where innovation will drive long-term success. Treemetrics Chief Executive Officer Enda Keane and Chris Woods, Head of Digital at…


‘Forests of the future’ seminar line-up announced

Apr 5, 2018

‘Securing our urban forests of the future’ will be held on Wednesday 2 May at Whitworth Art Gallery, and brings together key organisations in the urban forestry sector, as well as sharing best practice from across the globe. This seminar is for all those with a vested interest in securing our trees and woods for the benefit of both people and the environment and will bring together delegates from local authorities, housing associations and universities as well as conservation organisations, environmental consultants and landscape architects. The event is organised by City of Trees, a movement which aims to plant 3…

Arborist 150

River Clyde Property Management, on using the Arborist 150

Apr 4, 2018

River Clyde Homes is an Inverclyde-based housing association that manages 5600 homes and factors 2500 properties for home owners. In 2017 River Clyde Property Management was created as an ‘in-house’ specialist team to maintain the grounds, landscaping and the local environment. Grounds Supervisor, Derek Robertson, quickly specified a GreenMech Arborist 150 woodchipper to join his fleet as it was, “versatile enough to cope with the variety of arboricultural work we were going to face”. “I first used a GreenMech chipper when I worked as an Arborist for the council – we had a tracked one in our machinery fleet, so…