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Making our woods more resilient – tapping in to the insight of experts…

My head is still full of new ideas, information and insights from our conference on Thursday 27th June on “Chalara, Other Threats and Resilient Woodland Landscapes”. The Woodland Trust set the event up, working with Defra, to bring together a … Continue reading

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The state we’re in?

The report State of Nature  published this week by twenty five  conservation bodies paints a worrying picture of the decline of wildlife in the UK over the past 40-50 years. While there have been great individual success stories such as … Continue reading

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New environmental indicators announced

You may have missed it; yesterday the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs launched the England Natural Environment Indicators. Yeah, we all go, what? Why? Well the why is easy to answer, the Coalition Government in the Natural … Continue reading

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To manage or not to manage

In almost every commentary on English woodland produced recently, it is stated that we need to bring more woodland into management.  This presupposes that we know what “management” means and what we would get as a result. “Coppice” they say; … Continue reading

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Ben Law – a rare species!

The Woodland Trust was recently approached by documentary film maker Robert Stern. He is currently filming with Ben Law, Grand Design’s most popular self builder who wowed and amazed millions with the way he harmoniously synced his life with his woodland surroundings. He wanted to share … Continue reading

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Chalara ash disease – learning to live with it?

Reblogged from the tree diseases and pests website: It’s official – chalara ash disease is here to stay. For confirmation, you need look no further than the front page title of the Government’s ‘Chalara Management Plan’, published on Tuesday 26th March. … Continue reading

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One small step…

The Apollo space programme was an almost unbelievable feat of human endeavour. Given the available technology – the lunar lander’s entire computing power is dwarfed by that of a typical modern smart phone – putting men on the moon was … Continue reading

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Decisions, decisions…..

Finally, we reach the end of a long and winding process. It has taken 13 witnesses, two barristers, 11 third party interest groups and individuals, and more boxes of paper than any one cares to imagine to debate the need for ragstone … Continue reading

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Chalara ash dieback – what next?

It’s been a while since my last blog on this subject but the question of ash dieback, and tree pests and diseases in general, has never been far from my mind. The level of public concern and media interest in … Continue reading

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Re-thinking tree planting?

I find I am, to some extent, on a similar wavelength to Andy Byfield in his Guardian piece on tree planting. Perhaps more so in the light of recent developments that emphasise the need to think how we can deliver … Continue reading

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