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      Michael Gove will tell councils to stop tree felling to cut costs

      Councils will be told to stop felling thousands of trees to slash costs after the environment secretary appointed an expert to protect them. Michael Gove said Sir William Worsley — chair of the National Forest Company — would “rapidly drive forward planting rates and prevent street trees being felled”. The…

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      How to stay safe working near electricity power lines

      Contact with electricity results in serious injury or even fatalities. UK Power Networks distributes more than a quarter of the UK’s electricity to London, the South East and the East of England, using overhead and underground power lines and substations. The company is urging workers to remember that where tree…

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    • The oldest trees in Africa are dying, and scientists are stumped

      In South Africa, the Limpopo province, a baobab tree once grew so large and stood so strong that its human neighbors decided to do the obvious: They built a pub inside the living tree’s thousand-year-old hollow trunk, which measured more than 150 feet around and enclosed two interconnected cavities. For two decades, the Sunland baobab attracted…

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      Trees on farms essential to improve environmental protection post Brexit

      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…

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      TREE AID striving to improve life in poverty stricken communities

      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…

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      More than 1,500 trees unlawfully felled in Dundee

      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…

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      Protesters trying to save Sheffield street trees avoid jail

      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…

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      Pollution hits fungi that nourish trees

      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,…

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      STIHL introduce new bluetooth ear protectors

      STIHL has added to its range of high quality face and ear protective equipment with the introduction of its new bluetooth ear protectors with speakers. The new Dynamic BT ear protectors come with built in speakers to help make work more enjoyable, and are perfect for ground based work such…

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      Counter claims made by site owner as Monikie tree felling enforcement saga continues

      Forestry Commission Scotland said work undertaken at the former curling pond site Monikie in January to remove trees and undergrowth by Ayrshire-based Avancan Property Management were “exceptional” and likely to have had “significant effects on the environment.” The firm was told to prepare a 10-year plan of maintenance measures to…

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      Sheffield council leader backs case against tree protesters

      Judge seeks assurances that legal action was brought at behest of elected councillors. Tree protesters in Sheffield are being taken to court on the orders of the council leader, a judge has heard. Labour’s Julie Dore, the leader since 2011, “positively agreed” with legal action against four Sheffield residents who were charged…

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      Pellenc introduce the 1200 battery and harness to the UK market

      The new Pellenc ULiB 1200 battery and harness has entered the UK market with battery life increased by 20% compared to the to the ULiB1100 battery. Pellenc is exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Etesia UK. The ULiB 1200 battery meets all of the professional requirements in terms…

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      Council monitoring £375k trees that are failing to thrive

      Ceredigion County Council is monitoring trees along the main thoroughfare into Aberystwyth that are failing to thrive. The trees, a mix of hornbeam, common beech, whitebeam and London planes, were planted along Park Avenue and Boulevard St Brieuc as part of the Coed Aber Project. More than 300 were planted…

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      Bristol launches ambitious target of doubling tree numbers in the city

      From the Maple lined streets of Clifton to the Sycamores of Snuff Mills, Bristol is a city synonymous with trees. Now Bristol City Council is teaming up with the Bristol Tree Forum, Forest of Avon Trust and the Woodland Trust, in an attempt at doubling the city’s canopy coverage by 2050. Bristol’s…

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      Newcastle fells more trees than any other UK council

      Newcastle has cleared 8,414 trees in last three years – twice as many as any other authority Newcastle has become the tree-felling capital of the UK after the council chopped down almost twice as many trees as any other local authority. More than 110,000 trees have been cut down by councils…

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