Monthly Archives: March 2017

Loveliest of trees …

Loveliests of trees, the cherry now   
Is hung with bloom along the bough,   
And stands about the woodland ride   
Wearing white for Eastertide.   

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,   
And take from seventy springs a score,   
It only leaves me fifty more.   

And since to look at things in bloom   
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go   
To see the cherry hung with snow.
AE Housman
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More from Forest Research

We highlighted a number of Forest Research issues last week.  If you click here you will be able to see much more of what Forestry researchers have been up to recently.

  • Pests and diseases
    Chalara, Acute oak decline, grey squirrels, socio-economic aspects of tree health
  • Climate change
    Adaptation, mitigation, impacts, urban trees, brownfield
  • Ecosystem services
    Forest hydrology, Genetic conservation, Soil sustainability, LUES, social dimension of forestry
  • Forest management
    Conifer breeding, Seed science, private landowners, Tree and Wood properties
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Forest of Avon Veteran Tree Project

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The charity has long been convinced of the importance of field trees to landscape character, biodiversity and to local culture.

Through generous grant funding from The Mercers’ Company, we are launching the Forest of Avon Veteran Tree project, initially focusing on North Somerset and Bath & NE Somerset.

Over the next 18 months we will work with a wide range of partners to record veteran trees, candidate veteran trees (and where different) significant landscape trees in fields and woodlands. Anna Brunton, who will lead on the project, will submit details of unrecorded veteran trees to the Woodland Trust’s Ancient Tree Hunt website, as well as training Tree Wardens and other volunteers to record significant trees.

Anna will also work with farmers and landowners to provide advice on tree conservation and grants. If funding can be found, we hope to deliver a further phase of the project working in South Gloucestershire.

To find out more about the project and how you can get involved, please email Anna or call (0117) 963 3383. We will also Tweet regularly about progress.

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How did you spend yesterday?

Yesterday, Tuesday 21st March, was the International Day of Forests.

Did you walk in one?  Maybe you saw one from a distance, or flew over it.  Maybe you have to make do with a few trees – always good for you as yet another report confirmed the other day.  Or perhaps there was just that tree in your garden or on your street. Did you pause to admire the blackthorn blossom, or the hawthorn leaves now emerging (surely too soon).  And were there fat catkins to touch or sticky chestnut buds to steer clear of?

The UN likes these International Days, but we know every day is for trees, and trees are for every day.

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Forest Research update

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Arkive on Deforestation

Bristol-based Arkive understands that the world’s forests are in trouble with the growing human population putting pressure on forests for living space and resources, and climate change is causing serious issues for the forest ecosystems that remain.

Its new deforestation topic page explores the issues that are caused by this serious conservation threat and how it is impacting both wildlife and humans, and how we can help.

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Outbreak of Sweet Chestnut Blight in the South West

We have received news from the Forestry Commission about an outbreak of Sweet Chestnut blight in the South West with notification of four 5km zones that are subject to movement restrictions.

Sweet chestnut blight is caused by a fungus called Cryphonectria parasitica, which gets into the trees through wounds or graft sites. Although oak trees suffer very little damage if they are infected by the fungus, they can spread it, so restrictions on movements of oak material are also required as a precaution.

Sweet chestnut blight was found in Devon in December 2016, initially south of Exeter. The Forestry Commission have now identified another zone in Devon and one in Dorset where restrictions are required.

Read more about how the Forestry Commission are managing the outbreak here:

Further information and a symptoms factsheet and pest alert are also available  to help you know what to look for when inspecting your trees.

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Board members needed for the national parks

Natural England is looking to recruit 11 new Secretary of State (SoS) appointed members to seven of the English National Parks and three (SoS) members to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Conservation Boards. These are:

  • The Broads Authority
  • Dartmoor National Park
  • Lake District National Park
  • New Forest National Park
  • Northumberland National Park
  • North York Moors National Park
  • Peak District National Park
  • Chilterns AONB Conservation Board
  • Cotswolds AONB Conservation Board

Natural England is looking to attract a wide range of passionate and committed people who have an appreciation of England’s Protected Landscapes and in particular National Parks/ AONBs as significant national assets, their statutory purposes and be able to take account of interests at both the national and local level. In addition, candidates should have the ability to think strategically and provide advice and challenge in ways which are impartial, creative and focused on finding solutions.  Part of the National Parks 8 point plan, which was launched last year, aims to connect young people with nature, promote the knowledge that they are everyone’s National Parks and the important role they play in serving public health.

A Secretary of State member acts as an ambassador, engages and influences a diverse network of contacts and works collaboratively with all who are responsible for managing the land. To complement the skills of other members, additional criteria apply to some of the member positions – the candidate pack provides full details. The closing date for applications is noon, 22 March.

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A city of trees

The BBC recently reported on an initiative to plant three million trees – one for every man, woman and child – in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.  Those behind City of Trees hopes the effort will not only green the region but improve our understanding of the benefits trees provide to society.  These include reducing stress, improve air quality and the amount of time shoppers spend in retail areas.

City of Trees director Tony Hothersall explained that the scheme had three main objectives.

“One is to plant three million trees, ie. a tree for every man woman and child, over the next 25 years.  Next, we are very much focused on bringing existing woodland into management because there is no point in planting new woodland if you can’t manage what you’ve got already.  Finally, we want to engage people a lot more in their natural environment; in planting trees; in managing areas; in understanding more about the benefits that trees and woodlands bring to our society.”


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Mapping the Urban Tree Canopy in Cities

MIT’s Senseable City Lab has a project called Treepedia.  This is a map website that catalogues the density of the tree canopy in 10 cities.

Treepedia uses information from Google Street View to create what it calls the Green View Index – a rating that quantifies how green a street view looks according to the number of trees it contains.

It rates street corners for the relative greenery of their appearance, and allows browsers to click on a series of dots that reveal street view images of the location in question.  The result, they say, is one of the most detailed catalogs of urban greenery available.

More detail here.

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