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    • Family of ducks halt controversial tree felling

      A family of ducks attempted to thwart the council’s removal of a 200-year-old cedar tree in Thames Ditton this week. After a battle over whether to cut down the tree, with some residents wanting it to stay and others agreeing with Surrey Country Council that it was a health and safety hazard,…

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    • Too few trees planted to protect woodland

      The number of trees being planted across the UK is falling far short of targets for creating new woodland, conservationists have warned. Figures from the Forestry Commission showed that just 3,300 hectares (8,150 acres) of new woodlands were planted in England in the 2013/14 planting season. The amount of woodland…

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    • England’s best woodlands for Climate Change

      A Suffolk wood has been named the best Woodlands for Climate Change in England , with a site in Cornwall a close second, in a competition hosted by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) with support from Forestry Commission England in partnership with the Climate Ready Project. The competition aimed to…

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    • Why is one of Sutton’s oldest trees being chopped down?

      Fuming neighbours have poured scorn on the council for hacking down one of Sutton’s oldest trees. The Horse Chestnut in Western Road is thought to be hundreds of years old,  but tree surgeons arrived earlier today and started pulling it down. Despairing neighbours looked on in horror as huge branches…

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      Woodland area and planting statistics published

      The latest National Statistics on Woodland Area, Planting and Restocking produced by the Forestry Commission were released today in accordance with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. The release contains provisional statistics for the year to 31 March 2014 on UK woodland area, certified woodland area, and areas…

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    • Green-tech expands its Green-tree soil division

      Green-tree, the rapidly growing division within Green-tech, the UK’s leading soil and landscape supplier, has announced it is expanding its operational base in the south of England and is looking for a Business Development Manager. The role will involve managing existing soil sites and overseeing the numerous new sites planned…

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    • New disaster charity launches in Redruth

      A new charity that will clear fallen trees in disaster zones and make damaged ones safe has launched operations. The Disaster Arborist Response Team (Dart) is registered at The Elms in Redruth and says it is the only charity of its kind. It is the brainchild of Gary Bailey, who returned…

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    • Caversham precinct developer promises to replace trees

      The owner of a new development in Caversham have reassured residents a number of trees in the area will be replaced once building work is completed. Hermes Real Estate, which is developing St Martin’s Centre, off Church Street, has responded to fears raised in a public consultation in May. Shoppers…

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      Caterpillar invasion: Grubs strip ash trees in Telford

      A stretch of trees in Telford have been completely stripped of foliage after millions of caterpillars made them their home. A number of tests are now being carried out on the ash trees on Sutton Way in Sutton Hill after the mountain of caterpillars totally stripped them of leaves. However, experts say…

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      Confor welcomes FSC change of mind on squirrel control

      In an unprecedented change of mind, FSC International has listened to widespread opposition and agreed to revisit its recent decision to refuse to extend a derogation on the use of Warfarin for the control of grey squirrels in the UK. Less than three weeks ago FSC International’s Pesticide committee took…

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      Seventy trees targeted in vandal and theft attack

      Seventy trees were destroyed, damaged or stolen in a vandal attack in Walsall it has emerged. The trees were targeted at Aldridge Airport over the weekend and included some which had been planted by school children. Yobs destroyed 20 street trees and then damaged or stole around 50 others put…

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    • Guide to trees in hard landscapes now out for consultation

      The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) has released a consultation draft of its forthcoming guide ‘Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery’. Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery should be of particular interest to highway engineers, public realm professionals and tree specialists. It explores the practical challenges…

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    • A rare Handkerchief tree has blossomed in Leeds

      Some years ago The Times used to print a notice every year announcing that a particular tree in Kew Gardens was in flower. Londoners, in enormous numbers, took the tube to Kew each May to see the famous handkerchief tree covered in enormous white flowers, each nearly a foot in diameter –…

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      Many species ‘doomed’ because of ash dieback, ecologists say

      Forty-five species could become extinct, with a further 955 under threat, because of the irreversible tree disease known as ash dieback, leading ecologists have said. Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, Dr Ruth Mitchell said, “It really will matter if we start to lose one of our dominant tree species. “It…

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      New Welsh woodland to mark First World War centenary

      Wales’ First World War heroes will be remembered with a “living memorial” of new native woodland as part of a £1.2m project. The Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) has today unveiled plans to create a First World War Centenary Wood in Carmarthenshire. The woods – one of four being created in…

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