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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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      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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    • Over 2,000 trees planted at National Trust property

      Over the last few months the National Trust have been working to create a new plantation next to Abbott Street Copse on the Kingston Lacy estate. It has planted and guarded 2,500 trees and 1,500 hedgerow trees. Their aim is that this will increase, conserve and improve the biodiversity of…

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    • The Woodland Trust saves trees in Cheltenham

      Ancient and veteran trees in Cheltenham have been saved from the chop thanks to hard campaigning by the Woodland Trust and the Ancient Tree Forum (ATF). The Trust first objected to the outline application for 100 houses on land adjacent to Oakhurst Rise in October 2017. This was on the…

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    • Rare lichen is living legacy of World War II commando training

      Scientists have discovered rare ‘fire’ lichen growing on the stumps of trees destroyed by flames in the Scottish Highlands during World War II. The Carbonicola anthracophila was discovered by scientists surveying Loch Arkaig Pine Forest near Spean Bridge.  The lichen only grows on charred conifer trees. It has been recorded…

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