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      The cap doesn’t fit: needing a common countryside policy after Brexit

      A radical new approach to rural policy and funding which treats all land uses equally is needed after Brexit, says a report published by Confor today. The Common Agricultural Policy has been “a straitjacket” on rural areas and must be replaced by A Common Countryside Policy, according to the leading…

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    • Rick Milsom

      Natural Selection – Rick Milsom

      As our thoughts turn to species selection and planting, Rick Milsom says researching why a particular tree is right for a particular site is both interesting and rewarding Attending another excellent conference laid on by Barcham Trees got me thinking. All of the speakers were excellent but two in particular grabbed my attention. Henrik Sjoman and Nina Bassuk…

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      Pests and Diseases: How informed are you? – Rick Milsom

      Keeping up to date on the new pests, disorders and diseases is the best way to ensure the health of our trees, says Rick Milsom. My first recollection of coming into contact with a tree-related pest was with the brown tail moth caterpillar. Ghastly, hairy little fellows, I used to see them years ago while I was in…

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      Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? – Rick Milsom

      With extreme weather events becoming more frequent, Rick Milsom discusses how we can mitigate their effects on the trees in our charge I am more familiar with Shakespeare fishing tackle than Shakespeare the playwright and poet, but I am aware of one of his sonnets, which is what I recently discovered they are called. In Sonnet 18…

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      The trees they are a changin’- Rick Milsom

      As an arboricultural officer for Southend-on-Sea, Rick Milsom gets to see changing tastes in trees and shrubs first hand At the time of writing it looks like spring has sprung down in Essex. The sun is out, the magnolias are blooming and the Prunus cerasifera and its cultivars ‘Pissardii’ and ‘Nigra’ are almost done flowering. I must admit I…

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    • Jon Heuch

      Valuation of amenity trees – Jon Heuch

      In the second of a two-part series, arboricultural consultant Jon Heuch considers the past and the future of the monetary valuation of trees In 2015 house prices and land values are ten times what they were in 1980, far outstripping the retail price index. So by 2006, the estimates produced by the Helliwell system appeared to be increasingly…

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    • Jon Heuch

      Valuation of amenity trees – Jon Heuch

      In the first of a two part series, arboricultural consultant Jon Heuch considers the past and the future of the monetary valuation of trees Until around 2006 if a UK based arborist had been asked to provide a monetary valuation of a tree there would have been only one approach, based on what is known as the Helliwell…

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      Tree planting and street trees – Rick Milsom

      As an arboricultural officer for Southend-on-Sea, Rick Milsom is perfectly placed to cast light on the work of tree officers working for local authorities As part of routine street tree management, some trees inevitably require removal at some stage for whatever reason and it is usually desirable to replace them. We have various species of tree which have…

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