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    • Photo of Woodland Trust Creates Largest Native Woodland in Northern Ireland

      Woodland Trust Creates Largest Native Woodland in Northern Ireland

      The Woodland Trust is creating the single largest native woodland in Northern Ireland. Aughrim Hill will be transformed from a bare hillside with no tree cover to a habitat with over 110,000 native trees. In total, the new woodland habitat will stretch to 60 hectares.   Native trees (including Scots pine, birch and oak) are being planted at Aughrim by hand. The benefit of this is twofold; one benefit is that natural woodlands can be recreated with species of trees being planted in groups together. In a continued fight against climate change, planting by hand instead of machines that would…

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    • Photo of 500 Volunteers Join Together to Create New Woodland

      500 Volunteers Join Together to Create New Woodland

      A new woodland of 3,500 trees was planted in Hylands Park on Sunday 1 March, with the help of over 500 volunteers. It is part of the commitment by Chelmsford City Council to plant one tree for every resident over the next ten years. The saplings, which are all native species, bring the total number of new trees planted in Chelmsford this winter up to 12,435 to date, leaving 162,565 left to go. They are very small at the moment and will be protected by animal-proof fencing while they grow. But these two-foot-tall whips will do important work for everyone…

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    • Photo of The House of Lords debated the threats posed by pests and diseases to native trees

      The House of Lords debated the threats posed by pests and diseases to native trees

      The House of Lords debated the threats posed by pests and diseases to native trees in the UK on Thursday 13 February. The Arboricultural Association has said it welcomes this debate. Stating that it is important to recognise that the arboricultural industry is equally as concerned with the threat posed to ‘non-native’ as to ‘native’ species. It particularly welcome the contribution of Lord Framlingham, who used his time to demonstrate the importance of utilising arboricultural expertise. A president of the Arboricultural Association from 1989 to 1995 and a lifetime honorary fellow, Lord Framlingham has long been calling for an enlightened…

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    • Photo of Sir William Worsley appointed as Forestry Commission chair

      Sir William Worsley appointed as Forestry Commission chair

      Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has today (3 February) confirmed Sir William Worsley as the new chair of the Forestry Commission. The announcement comes as Sir Harry Studholme’s time as Forestry Commission chair ends after seven years in post. Sir William Worsley will step down as the government’s Tree Champion, a position he has held since June 2018, when he takes on his new role. Commenting on his appointment, Sir William said: “Trees, woods and forests are so important to us – improving our landscapes, helping capture carbon, improving our general wellbeing and providing a renewable resource in the timber they…

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    • Photo of Horse power arrives in Stanmer Park, Brighton

      Horse power arrives in Stanmer Park, Brighton

      A team of heavy horses are the latest recruits to the council’s countryside team at Stanmer Park.   Led by Dan and Jess Brown, the Comptois horses will spend the next three weeks helping to clear sycamore and ash trees thinned out as part of the park’s Woodland Management Plan.   Horses have traditionally been used to move logs from woodland to avoid using heavy machinery and minimise damage to the other trees and the forest floor.   The selective thinning of the trees will make space for planting a range of species and allow younger trees to thrive.  …

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    • Photo of RHS tree scientist to advise on climate-proof species

      RHS tree scientist to advise on climate-proof species

      As the UK works towards ambitious tree planting targets, the RHS has announced it is recruiting a tree scientist to advise gardeners on the species best suited to withstand and help minimise the impact of climate change.   A five-year fellowship, jointly funded by the charity and by the horticulture industry, through the generous support of Frank P Matthews Nursery, will identify those trees that will perform well in the future amid more extreme weather events and a changing climate.   The research conducted will provide gardeners, industry and policymakers with planting guides specific to varying situations.   Mark Gush,…

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    • Photo of The Woodland Trust restores arboretum in Wales

      The Woodland Trust restores arboretum in Wales

      The National Lottery support has enabled the Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) to bring the historic gardens of Cefn Ila back to life, restoring wildlife habitats and creating acres of new native woodland. Cefn Ila near Usk in Monmouthshire was once the site of a 19th century mansion and gardens. It belonged to the novelist and adventurer Edward Trelawny and was later acquired by Gerard Gustavius Ducarel, the 4th Marquis de la Pasture, whose family had escaped from France during the Revolution. Between the 1940s and the 1970s it was used as a maternity hospital.   The Woodland Trust acquired the…

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    • Photo of YouTube stars lead global tree planting campaign #TeamTrees

      YouTube stars lead global tree planting campaign #TeamTrees

      Hundreds of the internet’s biggest stars took to YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Twitch over the weekend to unveil #TeamTrees. A massive crowdfunding campaign to raise $20M to plant 20M trees by 2020. The campaign raised a staggering $5M within 48 hours of launch. Over $1.75M was raised on YouTube alone, a new record for fundraising on the site. For every $1 raised, the Arbor Day Foundation will plant one new tree in a forest of high need. If #TeamTrees raises all $20 million, that means 20,000,000 new trees go into the ground. Visitors to TeamTrees.org can easily donate to plant…

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    • Photo of Woodland management taking place at Marlhill Copse

      Woodland management taking place at Marlhill Copse

      Southampton Airport has started woodland management work on its land at Marlhill Copse. It has stated that this is following advice from a chartered arborist. The airport purchased the copse in August 2018, in order to undertake tree management activities required under European legislation. However, airport management has received specialist advice that some of the trees are unsafe and present a risk to the public, and work to remove this risk begun immediately. Head of Aerodome, Dan Townsend, said: “The ancient woodland has not been managed for many years and as part of our new ownership we undertook a number…

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    • Photo of Ash dieback strikes in Adur and Worthing

      Ash dieback strikes in Adur and Worthing

      A community task force has been created for a replanting scheme to help control an infection which could wipe out all ash trees in Adur and Worthing.   A plan to combat the loss of more than 1,200 ash trees, killed after succumbing to Ash Dieback, is now in it’s initial phases at Lancing Ring.   Adur & Worthing Councils’ parks team has been carrying out an urgent study at Lancing Ring in Adur and The Gallops at Findon Valley in Worthing into the extent of the problem. These areas are particularly vulnerable, because of the volume of ash trees. Almost 20%…

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    • Photo of The Royal Parks have created a Music for Trees app

      The Royal Parks have created a Music for Trees app

      The Royal Parks have collaborated with the Royal Academy of Music to create the Music for Trees app. The app will allow visitors to listen to music under the trees of The Regent’s Park as well as learning about the trees.   The geo-location app will come to life in Gloucester Gate, situated in the north-east corner of The Regent’s Park. This area of parkland is home to over 30 species of trees that include walnut, hornbeam, ash and London plane.   The initiative was the idea of The Royal Parks’ Arboricultural Officer, Matt Steinmann. He wanted visitors to notice…

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    • Photo of Caution urged by growers and traders on oak imports

      Caution urged by growers and traders on oak imports

      A group of Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) traders and growers are urging importers to ensure oaks being brought into the UK not only comply with current legislation to combat Oak Processionary Moth (OPM), but are not sourced from Italy’s recently declared Pest Free Area (PFA).   The HTA are seeking guidance from Defra and awaiting confirmation that the proposed PFA meets the international standards for phytosanitary measures. Until this is confirmed, the HTA asks that UK businesses continue importing oaks that only comply with legislation which is designed to ensure that the UK imports OPM-free trees. Defra have confirmed that…

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    • Photo of Trees “must play key role” in tackling climate change

      Trees “must play key role” in tackling climate change

      Trees and woodlands must be at the forefront of Government thinking when tackling the climate emergency – and the time for action is now. That was the message from a range of experts at the Confor Woodland Show at Longleat.   Guy Shrubsole, of Friends of the Earth, said at the event: “We need the Government to step up. We doubled forest cover in the last century and it’s time to re-discover that vision, and do that again to tackle the ecological and climate emergency.”   The Confor Woodland Show focused on how to increase forest cover significantly to make…

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    • Photo of Bridgnorth Town Council sign Woodland Trust Tree Charter

      Bridgnorth Town Council sign Woodland Trust Tree Charter

      At a meeting of Bridgnorth Town Council on Tuesday evening (20th August) Bridgnorth Town Council voted to sign up to the Tree Charter developed by the Woodland Trust. The motion was the idea of Councillor Carol Whittle. It commits the Council to working towards 10 principles that will encourage the Council to more consciously consider the benefit of trees and hedgerows and their appropriate management.   The 10 Principles:   – Sustain landscapes rich in wildlife – Plant for the future – Celebrate the power of trees to inspire – Grow forests of opportunity and innovation – Protect irreplaceable trees…

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    • Photo of Biodiversity net gain report

      Biodiversity net gain report

      Department for Environment Food and Rural affairs’ summary of responses and government response. The consultation was launched in December 2018 and ran for 10 weeks. The consultation document first set out the objectives of an effective net gain policy for the environment, development and local communities. The second part of the consultation described what is meant by “biodiversity net gain” and “environmental net gain”. The third part of the consultation sought views on whether to mandate biodiversity net gain, and how a mandatory approach might be implemented most effectively. Here we summarise the findings of the consultation, with the knowledge…

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    • Photo of Goodwood pledge to plant 78,000 trees

      Goodwood pledge to plant 78,000 trees

      Head of Forestry, Darren Norris, is overseeing Goodwood’s woodland project which aims to plant 78,000 trees in one of the largest tree planting schemes in the south of England. Since the beginning of 2019, Darren and his team have started planting 40 hectares of new woodland to add to the Goodwood Estate’s existing 727 hectares of forestry.   “Forestry management is important to maintain the forests and parkland for the future. We are just custodians doing our bit for future generations to enjoy, so looking after the trees is a vital part of the landscape for generations to come,” Darren…

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    • Photo of New grants available for local landowners to plant trees

      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, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.   Director of woodland outreach John Tucker said:   “We need new woodland like never before. Government has recently committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The expansion of the UK’s tree canopy cover from 13% to 17% is an essential…

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    • Photo of London Plane Tree Conference

      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, editor at The Londonist, and Professor Chris Baines, Paul Wood, Greg Packman, Dr Ana Perez-Sierra and Barbara Milne were all speakers at the conference. Professor Chris Baines began the conference by giving a general introduction to London Planes. He spoke of how they were planted so widely due to their…

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    • Photo of The London Tree and Woodland Awards winners

      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 and woodlands and raise the profile of London’s trees and the need for management. This year there were eight award categories judged by a panel which included Forestry Commission, Greater London Authority, Natural England, Trees and Design Action Group, Woodland Trust, London National Park City and the London Tree Officers…

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    • Photo of LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

      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 Design and Planting Design Diplomas. The donation will go to the NHS Forest that works with healthcare professionals and organisations to make green spaces available for health purposes.   Director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said “We have been inspired by recent developments in other countries where graduates are…

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    • Photo of Programme announced for National Tree Officers Conference 2019

      Programme announced for National Tree Officers Conference 2019

      The programme for the National Tree Officers Conference 2019 has been unveiled. It will take place at Reading Town Hall on Wednesday 6 November. The conference, organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), comes at a time when trees in towns and cities are recognised by policymakers as having a crucial role to play in meeting the UK’s climate change target of net zero emissions by 2050. The key international speaker Gian Michele Cirulli, an urban tree manager with the Green Public Service of…

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    • Photo of Tree Champion reappointed to continue tree planting push

      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 marking his reappointment with a call to land owners, farmers and foresters across the country to take up the mantle of tree planting by accessing the Government’s Woodland Creation Grant Scheme.   Through this fund, which is now open for applications all year round, planting grants of up…

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    • Photo of Atlantic Woodland Alliance launched to save Scotland’s rainforest

      Atlantic Woodland Alliance launched to save Scotland’s rainforest

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    • Photo of Forestry industry must seize climate change opportunity

      Forestry industry must seize climate change opportunity

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    • Photo of Lantra Scotland announce finalists

      Lantra Scotland announce finalists

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