August 20, 2018

Flat developer plans to prune protected trees

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Residents in a Derby cul-de-sac are objecting to plans by a developer who wants to carry out work on trees covered by a preservation order claiming that the apartment block should never have been given the go-ahead initially – almost 13 years ago. People in Lonsdale Place say they are fed-up with the length of time the development has taken to get off the ground, they are concerned for the trees and also are complaining that the road has frequently been covered in mud in the past. But Ram Narroya, managing director of Brookwell Developments Ltd, based in Friar Gate,…

Trees are saving the life of Glasgow

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A new body of research shows just how valuable greenery in Glasgow is to the wellbeing of its citizens, as well as the general aesthetic appeal of a city historically known as ‘Dear Green Place’, and for good reason. With over 90 parks and public gardens ranging from the iconic Kelvingrove Park to a range of lesser known gems, its an urban reality vastly different from the stereotypical imagery of a permanently grey, unending concrete jungle. But it’s how the city’s plants and trees contribute to boosting public health that could prove of more lasting importance. The new work has…

UK trees saved 1,900 lives and £1bn in medical costs in a year

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The removal of pollution by trees, plants and grass saved 27,000 life years and the NHS around £1bn  in medical costs in a year, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics said that large amounts of air pollutants were removed by vegetation or “green lungs” during 2015 and meant there were 7,100 fewer lung and heart-related hospital admissions. Toxins as well as saving 27,000 life years, the removal of pollution by our trees and vegetation meant that there were 1,900 fewer premature deaths in 2015. The toxins removed include the most harmful PM2.5  – a fine particulate matter…

Developers urged to act over dangerous trees

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Developers have been urged to take urgent action over a group of dangerous oak trees on a village housing estate after a branch fell from one of the trees. Broadbridge Heath Parish Council has written to developers Countryside, outlining concerns over the state of the trees on the Wickhurst Green Estate. The council first raised concerns over two months ago. Parish council chairman Viv Edwards issued a statement on behalf of the council saying: “At the annual Parish Meeting in May, a representative from Countryside was made aware of the dangerous state of some of the larger trees on the…

Britain must cherish its trees or lose them

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The recent felling of 110,000 mature trees by city councils in Britain such as Sheffield, and the secretive tree-cutting operations of Network Rail, will seem like kindling compared with the bonfires that will have to be lit if diseases take hold in our gardens, avenues, copses and forests. Britain lost 30 million elms to Dutch elm disease in the 1970s. In London, many horse chestnuts have drooping brown leaves and struggle to produce their white candle flowers, having been invaded by the leaf miner moth. Millions of ash trees are at risk of ash dieback, which was first found in a…

Particulate matter increases drought vulnerability of trees

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Particulate matter deposits on leaves increase plant transpiration and the risk of plants suffering from drought. Particulate matter could thus be contributing more strongly to tree mortality and forest decline than previously assumed. This is suggested by results from a greenhouse study led by the university of Bonn, in which tree seedlings grown in almost particulate matter free air or in unfiltered air were compared. The impact of particulate matter on human health has gained widespread attention, but little is known about the effects that fine particulates can have on plants. The phenomenon of forest damage after dry years has…

This is just how valuable trees really are

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The most valuable benefit is air quality. In this paper, London gained £375m of value thanks to trees filtering the air of pollution from things such as diesel cars and buses. This would increase if more trees were planted, especially if they were placed next to busy main roads. Trees are living things and as such they grow. To grow they suck carbon dioxide out of the air and convert it into bigger trunks, stronger branches, and more leaves. The trees in London sequester CO₂, which has a benefit of £11.9m per annum. But trees grow year on year, so…

Olive trees victim of new bacterial infection

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A plant pathogen known as Xylella fastidiosa has been affecting olive trees, which are a critical part of Italian culture and heritage. The movement to fell the affected trees has been met with resistance by the locals. X. fastidiosa is a bacterial species that feeds on the xylem of plants and is spread by insects. In the past, the most severe economic effects of the X. fastidiosa were felt in the US and Brazil. Preventing the spread of X. fastidiosa requires early detection to ensure that the infected area remains small. Unfortunately, it can take 12 to 14 months for trees…

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…

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…