Archive for tag: The Tree Update

The Tree Update | Wildlife minister chops down his trees | Parisian Christmas trees

Wildlife minister chops down his trees (source: The Sunday Times)

"A 217-ACRE area of woodland belonging to Richard Benyon, the environment and wildlife minister, is to be destroyed in order to extract 2m tons of sand and gravel to build new homes and roads.
The woodland, on Benyon’s 20,000-acre Englefield estate on the west Berkshire-Hampshire borders, had been designated as a site of importance for nature conservation because of its wide range of habitats, including pockets of ancient forest, heaths and dry acid grassland as well as commercial conifer plantations."

Mountain of Macaroons: Is this the world's yummiest Christmas tree? (source: MyDaily)

"A tea room in Paris has gone all out this year and put up a mouth-watering shrub made of macaroons! The edible tower, crafted by the infamous Laduree sweet makers, looks a festive delight, we just wish they'de made it in green..."

The Tree Update | Honour for Kielder Forester | Ash dieback strategy | Faversham free tree campaign | School tree planting initiative

Honour for Kielder forester who helped find Somerset House's Christmas tree. (source The Journal)

"Northumbrian forester Dave Allen’s name is up in lights at one of London’s most popular visitor attractions.
The Christmas tree that Dave helped find in Kielder Forest for the capital’s Somerset House has now been named after him.
Dave The Tree now stands proudly overlooking the skating rink at the famous arts and cultural centre off The Strand."

Ash dieback strategy outlined by government (source:

"A new strategy to tackle Ash dieback has been published today by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson alongside the Tree and Plant Health Task Force’s interim report.
The plan highlights the need to: reducing the rate of spread, developing resistance to the disease in the native UK ash tree population, encouraging citizen, landowner and industry engagement and action in tackling the problem; and building resilience in the UK woodland and associated industries."

Faversham set to benefit from free trees campaign (source:

"The government's Big Tree Plant campaign is encouraging people to plant more trees in England's towns, cities and neighbourhoods.
And Kent's councils have secure funding from the campaign to plant more than 25,000 trees in the county over the next three years."

Hundreds of children start tree-planting initiative (source: BBC News)

"Hundreds of children in the Isle of Man have begun a project which will see them plant their own tree.
The government project will see 500 children nurture saplings before planting them in one of the island's plantations in March.
Education Minister Tim Crookall said; "The Tree for Life campaign will encourage children to learn about their environment in a hands-on and fun way.
Pupils from a dozen of the island's school's will take part.
The children will each tend to their own sapling this winter before planting them in Conrhenny plantation in March.
Five types of native broadleaved trees, including ash, have been distributed to the schools by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture."