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Impressive display of colour

Impressive display of colour

Bodenham Arboretum is a rainbow to behold this springtime April and May are the months for seeing impressive displays of spring flowering bulbs around Bodenham – from swathes of snowdrops to acres of daffodils and narcissi to the hundreds of primroses, bluebells and foxgloves which line many of the woodland walks and plantations. Beautiful blossom…

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Special Report: Beech Bark Disease Killer in disguise

Special Report: Beech Bark Disease Killer in disguise

by Dr Glynn Percival Beech Bark Disease occurs when three pathogens combine. It starts when the Beech Scale insect feeds on the bark of the Beech tree.   The insect doesn’t do much damage itself, but by feeding on the sap, it provides an opening for two species of fungi to attack: Nectria coccinea and…

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The right tree, in the right place – Looking after the trees

The right tree, in the right place – Looking after the trees

Trees are great, and we need to be planting more.  However, too often, what we plant doesn’t produce the long-lasting specimen trees we wish for: trees die, get too big, or have limited impact.  Part of the problem is that we often don’t plant trees suited to their setting.  This is the principle of Right…

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Community woodland is a hub for new skills

Community woodland is a hub for new skills

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’.   It is attracting many visitors  providing permissive public access to the woodland, the opportunity to learn about woodland management, trees and the outdoors, a range of courses in traditional crafts…

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Beautiful blanket of bluebells

Beautiful blanket of bluebells

Situated near a quiet country land on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, this 142-acre woodland, managed by the Woodland Trust, who acquired it in 1993, is a hidden gem.  It consists of a mix of SNAW (Semi-Natural Ancient Woodland) and recent planting. The older trees, largely oak and ash, are remnants of the Forest of Selwood, which…

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Trees of Amsterdam

Trees of Amsterdam

Lucy Saunders, Tree Officer for The Lake District National Park, spent an enjoyable busman’s holiday amongst the Trees of Amsterdam

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Planting trees by pulling together

Planting trees by pulling together

By Shirley Edgar, Tree Warden, Wellington, Herefordshire I became tree warden four years ago.  Wellington is an historic village, within a Conservation Area.   It has an active community and the environment is something residents value.   As residents, we were looking to enhance the local landscape.  We have an active women’s football team, and…

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Time for a Spruce-up at Bodenham Arboretum

Time for a Spruce-up at Bodenham Arboretum

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Everyone across the UK is being invited to plant trees during the tree planting seasons of 2021-2022, and again during the autumn of 2022 to the end of the Jubilee year.  This will create a green…

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How fungi can interact with other organisms

How fungi can interact with other organisms

Adapted from ‘Trees & Fungi: Their Complex Relationship’ by Professor Lynne Boddy – Part 5  There is often an interaction between fungi and other organisms. Beetles and other insects can unwittingly carry the spores from site to site. Sometimes, an insect provides conditions for a fungus to become established in a tree by feeding on…

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Significant losses at Kew Gardens

Significant losses at Kew Gardens

Storm Eunice has dominated life here at Kew, as it has for many, especially across the south of England.  At 70mph, it was a severe storm, the first red warning storm to hit Kew in my time.  We lost 15 trees.  Each of them was one I had noted when surveying as likely to fail…

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Planting schemes

Planting schemes

A planting scheme of 1,000 trees has been implemented to offset the loss of other trees in the creation of a cycle path from Keswick to Threlkeld Lucy Saunders, Tree Officer for The Lake District National Park, takes a look at  Planting schemes I am keen to be involved with tree planting schemes.  As I…

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