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    • New grants available for local landowners to plant trees

      A pilot Woodland Trust scheme is offering expert advice and grants of up to £4,000 to landowners who want to create small, new native woods.  TRUSTwoods is open to people looking to create between one and three hectares of woodland in a trial area of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire,…

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    • Government sets out vision for a safe and biodiverse railway lineside

      The Department for Transport (DfT) has set out a clear strategy for how it expects Network Rail to protect and enhance the UK’s lineside environment, while ensuring the safety of passengers and services.  The strategy follows recommendations from the independently chaired review led by John Varley, a non-executive director of the Environment Agency. First…

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    • London Plane Tree Conference

      On Wednesday 10 July approximately 80 delegates attended the London Plane Tree Conference at City Hall, organised by The Conservation Foundation. London Planes are a vital part of London’s landscape and the conference aimed to start a discussion on how to preserve them. The event was chaired by Matt Brown,…

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      Review of Arboricultural Association Webinar – Social Media Dos and Don’ts with Luan Wise

      Kirsty McNicol of Hi-Line Training recently took part in the Arboricultural Association’s webinar – Social Media Dos and Don’ts with Luan Wise. Kirsty now shares her thoughts on the webinar. Love it or hate it, as well as being a great time waster for lots of us, social media is…

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    • Arboriculture has vital role in housing development and highways maintenance

      Arboriculturists have a vital role in helping developers make sure they take on board new Government advice to plant more trees, and in maintaining trees along the nation’s highways, according to the UK’s professional body which awards Chartered Arboriculturist status. Responding to Communities Secretary James Brokenshire’s call for developers to…

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    • Ash Dieback Case Studies launched: Sharing Experiences

      As the impact of the devastating disease ash dieback on the UK treescape gathers pace, woodland owners and managers are sharing their experiences to help others manage that impact. A new resource by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), in partnership with the Forestry Commission, shares case studies from ten sites…

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    • Sheffield

      Lessons must be learned from Sheffield’s mass tree felling

      The Woodland Trust says lessons must be learned from the needless mass felling of street trees in Sheffield, as the City Council is heavily criticised by the Forestry Commission. The Commission has issued its decision on its criminal investigation into illegal tree felling in the city stating that “there is…

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    • UK tree sector gathers to discuss how to achieve three billion new trees target

      The Tree Council convened a Forum for Trees on Thursday 11 July, where the public, private and charity sectors discussed how the UK can meet ambitious new tree planting targets. Representatives from sectors spanning forestry, property development, infrastructure and government, as well as conservation charities, farmers and scientists gathered at a Forum for Trees at Lincoln’s Inn, London. They discussed how ambitious new…

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    • The London Tree and Woodland Awards winners

      The London Tree and Woodland Awards, otherwise known as the Tree Oscars, took place at City Hall on Wednesday 10 July. In its eleventh year it celebrates the work of individuals, communities and professionals to protect, improve and expand the capital’s tree and woodland cover, inspire others to manage trees…

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    • Tighter restrictions on oak tree imports to come into force

      Strengthened measures on the import of most species of oak into England are to be introduced to protect native trees from the threat of the tree pest Oak Processionary Moth (OPM).  The bolstered measures will only permit imports of certain oak trees, including: those from OPM free countriesthose from designated…

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    • Case of Oak Processionary Moth confirmed in Wales

      A finding of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) has been confirmed in Wales. A statutory Plant Health Notice has been issued on the trees which requires the treatment and felling of infested material. OPM have been found on trees planted in Cardiff City Centre and pest control experts will be begun…

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    • Birmingham bids to become a Tree City of the World

      Talks to establish Birmingham as the first officially designated “Tree City” of the UK are set to be held between the city council and an international foundation today.  Council officers and Cabinet Members Cllr John O’Shea and Cllr Waseem Zaffar are due to meet a delegation from the US-based Arbor Day Foundation about the possibility of…

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    • There is still time to nominate your favourite tree

      There is still time to nominate your favourite tree for The Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year 2019 competition.  Any individual, group or organisation can nominate a tree and share its story at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear/.  Nominations are open until 19 July 2019. The entries will then be shortlisted by a panel of independent experts before facing…

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    • South London Downs to be declared as London’s third National Nature Reserve

      London’s third National Nature Reserve (NNR) will be officially declared later this month during a ceremony in Croydon. This was announced on 10 July by Natural England.  South London Downs, a 417-hectare site along the border of Croydon and Surrey, will be the second largest NNR in London after Richmond Park. Jointly managed by the City…

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    • LCGD

      LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

      The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has committed to plant trees to celebrate every student that graduates from one of their diploma courses in the future.  As students prepare for graduation this week LCGD will be donating a tree for each of their 50 students who are graduating from the Garden…

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