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Woodlands chosen for Heritage Status

Woodlands chosen for Heritage Status

Lake District woods among 70 designated heritage sites for the Platinum Jubilee [audio mp3=" highlight of the month has been the exciting news that the woodland the Lake District Council proposed for one of the 70 to be part of the Queen’s Heritage Woodland was chosen.  We had been given advanced notice and received a media…

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Ancient woodland is being restored

Ancient woodland is being restored

Gough’s Coppice, in Church Stretton, Shropshire, covers some 3.87 hectares - only a fragment of the original ancient woodland remains.Acquired by the Woodland Trust in 1997, Poplar, Norway Spruce and Larch had been planted in the 1950s as a timber crop. These trees are being removed and coppicing has been resumed. The impact of this…

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Warren Woods – future is secured

Warren Woods – future is secured

Warren Woods, in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in North Wales, has been transformed, tree by tree, into an award-winning ‘community woodland’.  The site hosts 80-100 courses in woodland management and traditional courses including basket making, countryside skills, hedge laying, chainsaw operations and bush skills.  It is a regional hub for the National…

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Putley’s fruitful legacy

Putley’s fruitful legacy

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Great Heritage Trees: The Greendale Oak

Great Heritage Trees: The Greendale Oak

The Greendale Oak was undoubtedly the greatest tree of the Forest to survive into modern times. By any account, this tree was a veritable monster.  As noted in the 1600s, by the eminent writer on trees John Evelyn, this remarkable specimen was reputedly bigger than the Major Oak (also of Sherwood Forest) at the same…

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Tree and landscape strategy plan

Tree and landscape strategy plan

Beech trees face an uncertain future as the south of England becomes drier. Would Beech trees sourced from drier climates be better equipped?My main work for 2022 is to write a Tree and Landscape Strategy Plan for Kew.  This is a new document; Kew has not had such a strategy before.  I have just finished…

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Ask the arborist: can I fell my tree?

Ask the arborist: can I fell my tree?

Is it okay to fell a tree with 5 days notice? Edward Heinrich is an arborist based in Solihull where he runs the practice Umberslade Arboriculture. The residents of Solihull often ask him questions, and each month, Ed shares some of these with us, and the answers. Q: I have been told that my tree,…

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Heart-rot & Hollowing

Heart-rot & Hollowing

Decay is sometimes thought of as bad for the tree.  However, decay of the wood at the heart of the trunk, which eventually causes hollowing, is called ‘heart-rot’, and this can be beneficial for the tree, releasing nutrients for growth.  It provides important habitats for fungi, invertebrates and vertebrates, and may enhance the longevity of…

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