June 20, 2018

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    Scotland’s largest cities to combat climate change with tree planting

    Scotland’s four largest cities must improve coastal defences and should consider planting thousands of trees to combat the effects of climate change by 2050, according to a new report. People living in most of the world’s cities face problems caused by rising temperatures including heatwaves, flooding, water shortages and blackouts by mid-century without urgent action to curb greenhouse gases. It is “the future that nobody wants” warns the study by C40 Cities, a group of cities taking action on climate change, the Global Covenant of Mayors, the Urban Climate Change Research Network and climate advisory company Acclimatise. But authorities in cities…

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    Search is on for the Tree of the Year 2018

    Members of the public are being asked to nominate the UK’s most treasured trees in a contest to promote their protection. The Woodland Trust has launched the 2018 Tree of the Year competition to find the nation’s favourite trees which have played a role in history, communities or people’s individual lives. There will be a public vote on nominated trees to find a favourite from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England, from which a single UK entry will be chosen to compete in the European Tree of the Year contest. The UK contest is now in its fifth year, and last…

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    Thousands of new trees in Manchester schools to help learning and mental health

    A Greater Manchester charity is on a mission to plant tens of thousands of trees in primary and secondary schools across the region. City of Trees pledged to plant a total of three million saplings across Greater Manchester, one for every man, woman and child. 15,000 of those will be in schools. The ‘Trees for Learning’ initiative is part of a national DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) backed programme planting thousands of trees in schools across the UK. City of Trees is now calling for schools to get in touch if they want to get involved,…

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    Sheffield Council pay £700,000 in compensation over delays to tree-felling

    A council in England has been forced to pay £700,000 in compensation over the delays to its controversial tree-felling strategy, which campaigners claim is seeing healthy trees cut down unnecessarily. Sheffield Council paid the money to its highways maintenance contractor Amey after the disruption in 2017 contributed to delays to works that needed to be completed on more than 300 streets. The details of the payment have been made public after the council responded to an FOI request by local tree campaigner Neil Meadows. Waiting for decision The delays were caused by the council’s decision to wait for verdict from…

  • scotland

    14 million new trees planted in Scotland

    Around 14 million new trees were planted in Scotland last year with £33m paid to landowners to create new woodland. Most of the new trees can be found in the south of Scotland (28 per cent), with Perth, Argyll and Highland also sharing the growth in forestry. Forestry Enterprise Scotland confirmed that £33m was paid out to landowners in 2017 under the Forestry Grant Scheme to encourage new woodland, with the figure expected to rise next year. Rural Affairs secretary Fergus Ewing described the planting rates as “very encouraging” with 7,100 new hectares of land given over to new trees….



Trees on farms essential to improve environmental protection post Brexit

Jun 12, 2018

Major agroforestry trials should be established during the EU withdrawal period Brexit, according to a report launched 12 June by the Woodland Trust and Soil Association. Government support for farmer-led research and innovation networks seeking to integrate trees and agriculture should also be trialled according to the policy document “Agroforestry in England: Benefits, Barriers and Opportunities.” Agroforestry, the combination of trees and shrubs with agriculture, involves rows of trees through arable crops like wheat, dotted through pasture like parkland, or planted close together to provide cover for plants and animals. Combining trees and farming can increase productivity, diversify farm businesses,…


Three new trees for Somerset community garden 

Jun 11, 2018

Specialists from Glendale were called in to help transform a community garden in North Somerset to make the space more accessible for residents and their children. Cleeve Parish Council received a grant of £4,500 from the Bristol Airport Local Community Fund, which went towards making paths in the Somerset village’s Millennium Gardens suitable for wheelchairs and prams. A team from the national green services provider laid a new path, trimmed hedges and overhanging branches and planted three new trees: Hazel, Court de Wyck and King of Pippins. John Diment, contract manager at Glendale said: “It’s always a pleasure to be…


TREE AID striving to improve life in poverty stricken communities

Jun 11, 2018

In Ethiopia, 11.9% or approximately 13 million hectares of land is forested. Between 1990 and 2005, the country lost 14.0% of its forest cover. This, coupled with frequent droughts, has seen the agricultural sector in Ethiopia suffer over recent years; having devastating effects on the communities living there who rely on the land for survival. TREE AID works with communities across Ethiopia and the African drylands (Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, and Ghana) to help lift them out of poverty – through the power of trees. Tackling poverty and protecting the environment are inseparable. One area where TREE AID has been working…


More than 1,500 trees unlawfully felled in Dundee

Jun 8, 2018

As reported previously, trees were cut down on land next to Swan House at the Technology Park — with concerns raised that the work took place during nesting season. It has now been confirmed that neither the commission nor Dundee City Council had given the go-ahead for the trees to be chopped down. However, the commission is still trying to establish the identity of the land owner and who was responsible for the felling taking place. Officers for the commission are preparing a report into the matter, following discussions with Police Scotland and Dundee City Council. Environmental campaigner Stephen Cragg,…


Protesters trying to save Sheffield street trees avoid jail

Jun 8, 2018

Three tree campaigners have avoided jail after being found in contempt of court for demonstrating against tree-felling work in Sheffield. Simon Crump, Benoit Benz Compin, and Fran Grace were taken to court by the city’s council as part of a long-running dispute over the city’s plans to fell up to 17,000 trees. A judge at the high court in Sheffield on Thursday found that the trio had breached an injunction by entering “safety zones” around trees to stop them being chopped down. The judge, Mr Justice Males, gave both Crump and Compin a two-month jail sentence, suspended for one year. He decided no…


Pollution hits fungi that nourish trees

Jun 7, 2018

Scientists are warning that pollution could be starving Europe’s trees of vital nutrients by damaging essential fungi. The fungi live on the roots of trees, supplying them with minerals and water. Current pollution limits may not be strict enough to protect the forest fungi, say researchers. Signs of tree malnutrition, such as discoloured or missing leaves, have been seen across Europe’s forests. Loss of fungi may be a factor, according to the study, published in the journal, Nature. “If we care about the condition of our forests – what shape they’re in – we can’t just look above (the ground),” said…