September 24, 2017

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…

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…

Campaigners defeated in battle for iconic tree

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A giant redwood sequoia tree in Rhyddings park, is due to be chopped down. The decision was reached by councillors this week, despite more than 2,000 campaigners expressing an interest in the tree’s preservation. The Oswaldtwistle tree is to be axed as part of a £2 million redevelopment. Hopes were raised for campaigners earlier this month after a recommendation was made by councillors at a full council meeting to retain the 50ft tree. However, at a cabinet meeting this week councillors voted to remove the tree from the park. An independent arboricultural consultant had examined the tree and said it could treble in…

Climate change can’t be reversed by trees

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A new study has revealed that the damage caused by climate change to trees, hinders their ability to remove carbon from the air. The study showed that climate change affects the growth of the trees. Research revealed in the publication Ecology Letters, indicates that the slow warming of our planet is weakening trees beyond repair, which will eventually turn them into sources of carbon themselves. Margaret Evans, assistant research professor in the University of Arizona’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, said: “It’s like a thermostat gone bad. “Forests act as a carbon sink by taking carbon dioxide out of atmosphere, but the more the…

Exotic pest spotted troubling UK trees

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The Forestry Commission is asking people to join its tree health surveyors in keeping an eye out for an exotic pest. Oriental chestnut gall wasp (OCGW), a pest of sweet chestnut trees first found in the UK in 2015, has been spotted in South-East England. The impact of OCGW on sweet chestnut in this country is low. It poses no threat to people or animals, nor does it affect horse chestnut trees. It can weaken sweet chestnut trees and make them vulnerable to other threats, such as drought or other pests and diseases. England’s chestnut production industry is small, with the…

Enormous ancient trees combat climate change

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A cloning expedition was launched in Camp Nelson, approximately 100 miles southeast of Fresno. The expedition was led by David Milarch, co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, in the hopes of combating climate change. At the centre of the expedition are sequoias growing in the Sierra, which are among the biggest and oldest trees on Earth. Some are nearly 300 feet tall and up to 3,000 years old. David Milarch believes the size and robustness of the sequoias make them ideal for absorbing greenhouse gases that drive climate change. The Michigan-based nurseryman preaches the urgency of restoring the Earth’s decimated forests. In two decades,…

Legal action debated by ancient woodland owners

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The owners of Pondtail Wood in Albourne face legal action after it was discovered that acres of trees have been ripped up and burnt.  The owners have launched a fight over a legal notice telling them to restore the land. An enforcement notice was issued by the South Downs National Park Authority to the owners after the destruction was discovered earlier this year. But now solicitors acting on behalf of the wood owners have lodged an appeal against the enforcement notice which came into effect last week. The notice stipulates that the site owners must remove all deposited soils, waste and drainage channels…

Fungus threatens Britain’s plane trees

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The threat posed to Britain’s plane trees by plane tree wilt (Ceratocystis fimbriata f. platini), an ascomycete fungus which originated in the eastern United States, is growing as it works its way northwards through France at a faster range than previously. Keith Sacre of Barcham Trees recently attended a two-day workshop on plane tree wilt, organised by Treework Environmental Practices. He shared his knowledge with Colin Hambidge.   What is plane tree wilt and what does it do? It is a fungal infection which causes canker stain on plane species. The fungus causes vascular dysfunction, canopy dieback and then death. There is…