Tag Archives: UK

Should Defra be REDD in the face?

I do wonder sometimes whether the Government understands the concept of irony. This week, the Department of Energy and Climate Change announced $280 million of  UK, US and Norwegian support for protecting and conserving the world’s forests at COP19 in Warsaw, … Continue reading

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Wood Wise: tree pests & diseases

Our latest issue of Wood Wise looks at tree pests and diseases, with case studies on Asian and citrus longhorn beetles, Chalara ash dieback, emerald ash borer, oak decline, oak processionary moth, oak wilt and Phytophthora ramorum. Some are already causing … Continue reading

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Woodland Highlights: March

Smile as the days get longer, and hopefully warmer. The 20th of March brings the spring equinox, when the Earth is tilted neither away from nor toward the sun. Then at the end of the month the clocks return us to British Summer … Continue reading

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Agriculture Policy 2012 – a year of standing still

What a year 2012 was in agriculture policy – dynamic, innovative, outcome focused…  Sorry, I have frequently been told that sarcasm is not a flattering attribute but it is either that or rolling on the floor, screaming in frustration!  In … Continue reading

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New labelling for palm oil

New labelling will give consumers more power to say no to the palm oil that fuels deforestation. The Government is putting EU rules into action in the UK to force food and drink manufacturers to declare if their products contain palm oil. … Continue reading

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The greenest government ever?

“Environmental Taliban” David Cameron promised this would be the greenest government ever “When I became prime minister I said I would aim to have the greenest government ever and this is exactly what we have”.  Unfortunately, hardly anyone else seems … Continue reading

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The vital role of citizen science

For the past 14 years, enthusiastic volunteers have been helping track changes in seasonal natural events through Nature’s Calendar, adding thousands of records to the UK Phenology Network database. Faithfully, they have observed and recorded when trees come into leaf … Continue reading

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