November 13, 2018


Safety concerns lead to felling of sentimental tree


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…

Solar energy project could cause tree felling


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


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…

Trees for Life recieve £12,500 donation


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…