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    • Festivalgoers urged to help rewild the Highlands

      Music lovers attending this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival are being encouraged to help rewild the Scottish Highlands by having their own trees planted by conservation charity Trees for Life. With growing concerns about the threats of climate change and loss of nature, the organisers of ‘Bella’ 2019 are calling…

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    • Forestry on parade as career for Military leavers

      An intensive eight-week course developed as part of an innovative partnership between the Forestry Commission, Plumpton College in Sussex and the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has been given official approval for those transitioning out of the military. The course, leading to the RFS Cert Arb/Forestry, is the first land-based skills…

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    • Confor

      Confor urges industry to look ahead as Scottish targets are smashed

      More than 10,000 hectares of new woodland have been planted in Scotland for the first time in almost 20 years. Confor has welcomed the figures – 11,200 hectares of new planting, up from 7,100 the previous year – and called on the forestry industry to maintain the momentum and drive…

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    • Tree Champion reappointed to continue tree planting push

      The Government’s Tree Champion Sir William Worsley has been reappointed to continue his drive to accelerate tree planting rates.  The chair of the National Forest Company was tasked last year with setting a bold direction for the country’s forests and woodlands over the next 25 years. Now Sir William is…

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    • Disease-tolerant trees to be planted in UK’s ash tree archive

      Ash trees demonstrating tolerance to the highly destructive tree disease ash dieback will be planted in the UK’s first ‘ash tree archive’. This was announced by Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank on Thursday 6 June as he launched the Government’s new Ash Research…

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    • 571 plant species have disappeared in the last 250 years

      For the first time ever, scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Stockholm University, have compiled a global analysis of all plant extinction records documented from across the world. This unique data-set brings together data from fieldwork, literature and herbarium specimens, to show how many plant species have gone extinct in the…

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    • Ash tree

      Woodland Trust responds to Government’s Ash Research Strategy

      The Woodland Trust has welcomed the Government’s Ash Research Strategy announced 6 June 2019 to tackle the many threats facing the UK’s ash trees. Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner launched the strategy, designed to merge evidence on threats to the UK’s population of ash trees. It will also identify future research…

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    • RHS calls on volunteers to spot spittlebugs

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on gardeners, nature lovers and citizen scientists to help the UK respond to the threat of Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that results in the disease and death of many popular garden plants.  The charity, working with the University of Sussex and Forest Research, needs thousands…

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    • Still no cure for Xylella, says EFSA

      The European Food and Safety Authority has updated its assessment of the risks posed by Xylella fastidiosa to plants and crops in the European Union. The new assessment provides new insights and conclusions on controlling existing outbreaks of this pest and preventing further spread in the EU. EFSA’s Plant Health…

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    • Atlantic Woodland Alliance

      Atlantic Woodland Alliance to save Scotland’s rainforest

      Some of Scotland’s largest nature conservation organisations are coming together in a bid to save the country’s dwindling rainforests – found on the west coast from Wester Ross down to Argyll. Members of the Atlantic Woodland Alliance have gathered at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for the launch of a…

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    • Government delivers new £10m fund to plant over 130,000 urban trees

      A new £10 million plan will see more than 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced on Sunday 19 May. Through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, grants will be made available over the next two years to green urban areas and help meet the…

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    • Ash tree

      Ash dieback is predicted to cost £15 billion in Britain

      A team of researchers from the University of Oxford, Fera Science, Sylva Foundation and the Woodland Trust has calculated the true economic cost of ash dieback. The predictions have been published in Current Biology. The total cost of ash dieback to the UK is estimated to be £15 billionHalf of…

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    • Elm trees planted across Adur to attract endangered butterfly

      Twenty elm trees have been planted across Adur in Sompting Recreation Ground, Malthouse Meadow in Sompting, Lancing Manor Park and Shoreham’s Buckingham Park in a bid to encourage the rare White-letter Hairstreak to return to this area. The butterfly has been struggling since its natural food source, the elm tree, was wiped out by Dutch Elm disease…

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    • Oak Processionary Moth

      Spraying of Oak Processionary Moth in Bexley

      Spraying will start later this month in the London Borough of Bexley to combat Oak Processionary Moths. Which were first found on trees in several of Bexley’s highways, parks and open spaces in 2018.  The Forestry Commission is paying ‘Bartletts Tree Experts’ to carry out a two-phased spraying of trees…

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    • Holly Bush Farm Estate

      Hillier Trees support renovation of Holly Bush Farm Estate

      Hillier Trees has recently completed a project to supply a number of semi-mature trees and mature hedging plants to Holly Bush Farm in Staffordshire.  “Midland Contractors, were responsible for all hard and soft landscaping. All of which was designed to be of the absolute highest standard across the large estate,”…

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