May 23, 2018

Exciting contract signed for Forst machinery

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bts Group, one of the leading utility arboricultural companies in the UK, has signed its first major contract with high performance wood chipper supplier Först. bts is expanding its machinery fleet after winning a new three-and-a-half year contract to cut trees in Lincolnshire.  The company, which provides vegetation management services to electricity distribution network operators (DNOs), is enjoying growth based on its commitment to delivering excellence and giving value to its customers. The new deal with Först sees bts Group add 12 new wood chippers, including the Först ST6 and TR6, to its fleet.  These new chippers mean bts can…

Campaigners shun council ignoring tree report

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Campaigners battling to save city trees have accused Sheffield Council of ‘making a mockery’ out of the independent panel Save Our Roadside Trees (SORT). The panel was established in order to assure fairness. The SORT campaign group has responded to the council’s decision to cut down trees before they were reviewed by the Independent Tree Panel, which was set-up by the council to give impartial recommendations. Campaigners have also criticised the authority for chopping down trees, despite the panel advising to save them. Last week the council’s cabinet member for environment, Coun Bryan Lodge, defended the authority’s decisions and made clear the council…

Safety concerns lead to felling of sentimental tree

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A 170-year-old beech tree near a public war memorial in Mountain Ash is being pulled down due to safety concerns. The huge tree, at Dyffryn Woods off Mill Road, has recently been examined by specialists, who determined it needs to be felled because it could be a risk to members of the public, after contracting a fungus. Mountain Ash East councillor Pauline Jarman, said local people have contacted her with concerns about the tree being removed, but says she has been assured it is the safest course of action. She said: “The tree was examined by a tree specialist and was…

Ancient 6,500 year old tree trunk found

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Workers have found ancient tree trunks in Widnes, close to Liverpool. The trunks were unearthed as engineers dug up the ground to prepare for Halton’s new Mersey Gateway bridge. Workmen discovered tree trunks that are more than 6,500 years old as they were excavating material underneath the saltmarsh in Widnes. The timbers were sent for carbon dating and tests reveal that one of the timbers was 4,500 years old while another was from the Stone Age, estimated to be 6,500 years old. Victoria Pollard, environment manager for Merseylink, which is building the bridge, said the tree rings of the timbers show when…

Solar energy project could cause tree felling

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A proposed solar project at a disused Long Island nuclear power plant has caused outrage, as it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands. “Choosing solar over forests anywhere in the world is just plain stupid,” said Dick Amper, of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society. “Solar is very important to fight global warming and beyond, but I’m afraid we’re making false choices when you destroy portions of nature and the environment to accomplish that end.” A court fight is brewing over a plan by New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park to cut down nearly 15,000 trees to make way for…

National Forest 25 year anniversary

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The National Forest celebrates its 25 year anniversary this year, after flourishing in a transition back to nature. The National Forest became a charity in 2014 in a bid to access extra funding and help secure its future, and during the same year a new 75-mile (121km) walking trail opened after five years of preparation. Thousands of people have used the National Forest for leisure and education over the last 25 years, its bosses have claimed. A plan to “breathe new life” into parts of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, then used largely for coal mining, was devised in the late-1980s. Approximately 200…

GreenMech equipment helps council save money

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To meet its arboricultural requirements, Mid Suffolk District Council recently purchased a GreenMech CS100, adding to a QuadChip 160 already in its portfolio. The equipment is intended to support the council in tree maintenance works. Mid Suffolk is a local government district with the most parishes in Suffolk. In charge of the grounds maintenance and street council teams is operations officer John Buckingham, who in his 24 years has built some fruitful relationships, one of which is with Martin Lucas of GreenMech. Purchased 2 years ago, the QuadChip 160 is used for all tree maintenance works, pruning, felling etc. “It’s a…

Trees for Life recieve £12,500 donation

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Trees for Life (TFL), a charity established with the aim of restoring the Caledonian Forest, has received a generous £12,500 donation from established fashion retailer Superdry. Sales of carrier bags from Superdry’s shops across Scotland have raised £12,500 for conservation charity TFL. The donations given will help save Scotland’s ancient Caledonian Forest and its rare wildlife. Scotland’s 5p charge on carrier bags in stores aims to reduce plastic bag use. Superdry has gone one step further for the environment by ensuring that its bags are made of easily biodegradable paper rather than plastic. Superdry’s Energy and Environment Manager Paul Thomas visited the TFL’s Dundreggan Conservation Estate…

Arb Association announce new CEO

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Stewart Wardrop has been announced as the new CEO of the arboricultural association, following Karen’s farewell last month.  Stewart will be in post from Monday 2 October, although he has already spent time at the Malthouse. A Gloucestershire lad through and through, Stewart has a deep and passionate love of the outdoors, which has always played an important part in his life. He built his career in the manufacturing sector to become the European Technical Director for a large company, setting up complex manufacturing plants around the world which would supply products for a 10 year duration with a sales value ranging…