Oak in decline
England's Oak is in decline and imports, mostly from Europe and the US, seems to be the only answer. So few have been grown in the last century and the last of the oak trees, grown by the Victorians, are now being harvested.
The government have appointed the first Tree Champion who will set plans in motion to conserve existing forests and grow 11 million new trees.
Once, trees were fundamental to our economy from the Magna Carta days to more recent times when millions of homes were required after the first world war. Consequently, the Forestry Commission was established to grow the materials and create jobs for returning soldiers.
Forestry, today, is a very small business and only about 13% of the UK is forest land – an improvement on the 5% after the first world war but much less than the European average of more than 30%.
Sir William Worsley will have to face many issues over the coming years but one of the first jobs he will have to complete is working out the extent of the UK's forests.
Storm Ali Damage
With Storm Ali sweeping the country this September, the importance of proper tree maintenance has come to light.
Shocking footage of trees collapsing inches from people's cars and the terrible news of the death of a man in Northern Ireland, has led to professional tree surgeons working around the clock on the clean-up committee.
Strong winds can have a deadly impact when combines with weak trees. The sight of trees falling across roads is not uncommon during storms in the UK, but they serve as a reminder that we should take better care of our horticulture.
The presence of a weak oak tree in high winds could lead to serious damage to you, your property or your belongings.
For a professional opinion about the maintenance of a tree on your property, get in touch with ARB Advice – tree surgeons in the Isle of Wight.
Beast from the East
Bad weather causes problems all over the country. From cancelled trains to shops shutting to trees coming down in the wind.
If the latter is a problem in your area, we may be able to help. Here at ARB Advice, we specialise in the management of trees and offer an expert opinion to those responsible for the land the tree is on. Due to last months bad weather, many trees have been partially uprooted and are now a risk to their surrounding environment.
We will happily provide a tree inspection and survey for risk management and advise on a management plan for any trees on your land.
If the recent bad weather in the Isle of Wight has changed any of the arboriculture in your area and you are worried about it, contact ARB Advice today.
Residents in the South East and South and West London areas are being asked to be aware of the danger to Oak Trees caused by the Oak Processionary Moth. The caterpillars which move around in distinctive nose to tail formations have thousands of tiny hairs which can cause an irritating allergic rash to people who come into contact with the hairs.
The OPM is a very invasive pest which the Forestry Commision are working hard to eradicate. The caterpillars, which feed on oak leaves can strip a tree completely which weakens the tree and leaves it vulnerable to disease. Members of the public are urged to contact their local council or the Forestry Commission to report any sitings.
Your local Arboriculturist will be fully aware of the dangers of these pests and able to advise the relevant authority, if you require any further information on garden services in the Isle of Wight call Arb advice today.
The Forestry Commission has recently announced the details of the 2017 Countryside Stewardship scheme, which give grants to land owners to care for the environment and plant more trees on their land.
Farming Minister George Eustice said: “The Countryside Stewardship scheme plays a crucial role in enhancing our environment – conserving and restoring habitats to help wildlife recover, creating woodlands to improve air quality and reduce flood risk, and improving our landscapes to increase productivity and resilience.”
There will be various grants available, in particular a Woodland Creation grant which is part of the Governments' plan to create 11 million trees during the current Parliament. The grants will allow for the creation of new woodland, support the planning and management of the trees and the ongoing maintenance and care of the wood. Grant applications can be made via the Government website Arb Advice can advise and support you with your application and the management of your land. For more information from a specialist Tree Surgeon on the Isle of Wight, call ARB advice.
A New London Bridge
Construction on the new iconic London Garden Bridge is to begin later this year with completion in 2018. The bridge has the support of over 78% of London residents.
The original idea was conceived by the actress Joanna Lumley to mark the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. Costing an estimated £175,000,000, the idea has many supporters and so far over £145,000,000 has been pledged. The project has the full backing of the London Mayor Sadiq Khan and London Transport. It is anticipated that over 7,000,000 will visit or cross the Garden Bridge each year. It is estimated that 9,000 people will commute to work using the Bridge reducing pressure on Waterloo Station. The Bridge will provide direct access to Temple Underground from the South Bank.
The new footbridge, designed by Thomas Heatherwick (Hon FRIBA), will span the Thames between the North and South Banks. The bridge will be 366 metres long, completely free to use and will provide a unique pedestrian only safe environment surrounded by beautiful trees and plants. The bridge will be built using engineered copper-nickel, chosen as a contrast to the surrounding buildings and architecture and for its warm colour.
The London Garden Bridge is expected to be a major new tourist attraction, providing tourists and commuters alike a direct Thames crossing, free from traffic surrounded by the calming effect of trees and plants. The bridge will encourage people to take time to relax and absorb the surroundings.
There will be over 2,500 sq metres of garden, with 270 trees and 100,000 perennials, grasses, ferns, annuals and bulbs planned. Maintenance and care of the garden has been fully taken into account. The bridge design incorporates allowances for considerable depth of soil. This ensures the trees and shrubs are able to establish themselves and thrive. Soil scientists, arboriculturists and other experts have all been consulted as to the requirements and potential threats involved with this unique environment and they are confident the plants will thrive.
Dan Pearson, an award winning designer, who trained at the RHS Wisley and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and his experienced team of Horticulturalists have planned the garden to provide a home for a diverse range of wildlife as well as supplying beautiful varied planting and mature trees. All designed to enhance the area. For more advice from Tree Surgeons on the Isle of Wight call ARB Advice today.