Tree Health & Plant Biosecurity Initiative

January 29, 2013 by Steve Cox

  The Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce published its interim report in December giving recommendations for protecting our trees and plants.  The challenges and objectives set out in that report are now being taken forward by LWEP, which…

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Cutting down a tree is worse than fox hunting

January 14, 2013 by Steve Cox

Cutting down a tree is worse than fox hunting.  Response to Opinion article in Saturday’s Times.   The EditorThe Times3 Thomas More SquareLondon, E98 1TY Sir, There are many trees worth going to prison for. But not all trees fall…

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Ashes to Ashes

January 10, 2013 by Steve Cox

  Ash die-back (Chalara fraxinea) is coming to Dorset but, using the latest information from the Forestry Commission it seems it will take some time to arrive. Chalara dieback of ash is a serious fungal disease that can affect all…

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BOOK REVIEW of Urban trees

September 24, 2012 by Steve Cox

  BOOK REVIEW of Urban trees – A practical management guide In Arboricultural Journal: The International Journal of Urban Forestry – 2012, 1–2, iFirst article Urban trees – A practical management guide, by Steve Cox, Wiltshire, The Crowood Press, 2011, 176…

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Internal Tree Decay Detection

June 23, 2012 by Steve Cox

The Picus© Sonic Tomograph is an instrument for the detection of dysfunction, decay and cavities in standing trees. Nails are driven through the bark, in a horizontal plane around the circumference of a tree and attached to sensors.  The sensors…

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What a great opportunity to plant trees!

January 28, 2012 by Steve Cox

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee, The Woodland Trust has set a target of planting 6 million trees in February this year. It aims to help millions of people across the UK to come together with this purpose. Their…

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Planting woods is not an end in itself…

November 25, 2011 by Steve Cox

…but it can be a beginning. A new report from Plant Life*, Forestry Recommissioned, (download it here)  has concluded that we need quality, not quantity when it comes to the country’s woodlands.  Planting more trees, by itself, is not a…

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Urban Trees, Urban Partners

November 18, 2011 by Steve Cox

  I’ve just found this article from the World Agroforestry Centre. Last month they issued this news article about the growing importance of trees in urban areas. There is now a growing recognition of the value of trees in towns…

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The UK Planning Perspective

August 25, 2011 by Steve Cox

In the UK, unlike in most other democratic countries, there is no constitution that enshrines and protects the rights of individuals. This means that the power of the state to enact laws and regulations controlling land use is wide-ranging and…

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