August 16, 2018

  • Makita

    Makita UK teams up with BALI again for SALTEX 2018

    Makita UK will be returning to the BALI Zone at Saltex this year which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham, 31 October – 1 November 2018.  Makita will be on stand K190d, Hall 6. The BALI Zone features and promotes leading BALI registered affiliate and contractor members.  Also confirmed for this year are Boningale Nurseries, Green-tech, British Sugar TOPSOIL, EverEdge and YMCA Training. The Makita UK stand will showcase the ever-growing garden machinery range suitable for professional landscaping contractors, groundsmen and forestry workers. “We are really looking forward to returning to the BALI Zone at this year’s Saltex and…

  • Futurescape Scotland

    Futurescape Scotland seminar line up announced

    FutureScape Scotland, Scotland’s ONLY landscaping exhibition, will take place on Thursday 6 September 2018 at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. FutureScape brings together the landscaping, arboriculture and grounds care industries within Scotland. The event has joined forces with the industry’s leading associations to promote the event to all their members. The array of different activities combined with the inspirational feeling of the event will give visitors numerous reasons to attend this one-day industry event. The seminar programme and speakers have now been announced and there are some industry leading experts attending this year! This year Futurscape Scotland speakers include: Lynn Hill…

  • Green-tech

    Another record breaking year in Green-tech’s 24 year history

    Leading landscape supplier Green-tech is celebrating a bumper year since its formation in 1994. Green-tech has enjoyed 12 consecutive record-breaking months; a first for the company. February was the ultimate high when they achieved an unprecedented £1.6 million of sales. The company is expecting to end their financial year with an annual turnover of £14.5 million, up 14.5% on last year. Green-tech’s head count has continued to rise as predicted and they have plans to expand to 90 staff by the end of the year. The sales team is their largest team with further growth scheduled. Green-tech successfully took on…

  • greenworks

    Greenworks Commercial unveil new battery powered chainsaw

    Provider of battery operated-outdoor power equipment, Greenworks Commercial, has announced that it has expanded its award-winning professional duty line with the new GS 110 10” Brushless Top Handle Saw. With its user-friendly push-button start technology, the GS 110 offers all the versatility and reliability needed to perform. Precision limbing and one-hand cutting tasks are made simple with the GS 110’s compact design and the convenience of lithium-ion battery power technology. “Professional arborists who use gas-powered chainsaws have for years complained about the lost productivity from having to get out of the tree and down on the ground to restart their…

  • ash

    Ash dieback detected on new species of tree

    The Forestry Commission is urging industry to be vigilant for signs of ash dieback on new tree and shrub species and report suspected sightings through its Tree Alert reporting system. The call comes after three new tree and shrub species in the same family as ash (Oleaceae) tested positive for ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) infection at the Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire. The findings are unlikely to have a significant impact on the environment as the newly infected species are ornamental and are not widespread or native to the UK. The infection was identified by staff at the arboretum on mock privet,…



Six-year-old ‘lost’ plans reveal 17,500 trees to be removed in Sheffield

Jul 30, 2018

Detailed proposals to replace exactly 17,500 of Sheffield’s 36,000 street trees were drawn up six years ago, a newly-published document the city’s council had previously said was lost has revealed. Sheffield Council said it had “stumbled upon” a series of strategy documents for the controversial policy of felling street trees after previously telling the Information Commissioner’s Office the information was “not held” in any form. Newly-discovered versions of a five-year tree management strategy have now been published online and the first version from 2012 – the year in which the contract with Amey under which the work is being carried out started…


The Arboricultural Association gives its verdict on the NPPF

Jul 30, 2018

The Arboricultural Association is pleased to welcome the Governments’ newly revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which gives ancient and veteran trees greater protection. Under the guidelines published this week they will only be removed for ‘exceptional reasons’. Congratulations to our friends at the Ancient Tree Forum and The Woodland Trust after their dedicated campaigning for these improvements. A step forward but… The Associations’ response to the consultation reiterated the need for greater protection of ancient and veteran trees, but also sought to include urban trees in the framework. So while the news is a step forward, we’re disappointed that…


Greenworx branches out with Mercedes-Benz Unimog

Jul 27, 2018

Tree surgery and ground clearance contractor Greenworx is going for growth, after acquiring its first Mercedes-Benz Unimog. The versatile off-road truck is more than paying its way by performing the work of several other vehicles – it can power a range of attached implements and combines the rough terrain capability of a tractor with a 56 mph on road cruising speed. Supplied by specialist Unimog Dealer Lloyd Ltd, the U430 model has a factory-fitted tipping body with aluminium dropsides. Its six-cylinder engine produces 220 kW (299 hp), and drives through an automatic gearbox which allows the driver to concentrate fully…


£320,000 taxpayer bill for house damage caused by trees

Jul 26, 2018

Figures reveal the cash settlements made by each council to homes in the Black Country and Staffordshire, costing the UK taxpayer £320,000. They include an £18,200 pay-out in Walsall for damage caused to a patio by roots, £18,776 in Sandwell for a tree which fell on a garage and home and £14,450 in Dudley for property subsistence caused roots. While Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley settled six-figure sums overall and Staffordshire five-figure sums, Wolverhampton council did not pay out for one claim relating to home damage caused by trees. Although, Wolverhampton did pay out £2,325 in two pay-outs over boundary walls….


Burleys arb team finishes Surrey council job ahead of schedule

Jul 25, 2018

Burleys arboriculture team completed a project removing and reducing roadside trees for Surrey County Council a day ahead of schedule – thanks to hard graft and dedicated teamwork. The division was asked to reduce and fell a number of London planes, limes and Norway maple trees to enable the council, for which Royal Warrant holder Burleys is an approved contractor, to create cycle lanes and install bus stops on either side of the busy A3004 Stanwell Moor Road near Heathrow airport. The job was made more complicated by the need to close one lane each side of the two-lane 50mph dual…


Green party deputy leader visits tree protest site

Jul 24, 2018

Dozens of protesters joined the Green Party’s deputy leader near a controversial housing development which has seen hundreds of trees felled. Amelia Womack said she was visiting the town after learning of the grassroots protest movement, supported by her local party members, after the trees were cut down on the former Blackwell Grange Golf Course site in Darlington to make way for executive homes. She met local residents, took a tour of the historic parkland opposite, which could also be developed, and saw first-hand the Willows building site – which has now been dubbed ‘Weeping Willows’ by campaigners, to show…