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Offsetting Carbon

By Dan Lazarou-West As a forester, I can at least take some pleasure in knowing that part of my job is helping to combat climate change. However - and related to an earlier blog regarding plastic use in woodlands - how much of a difference can we make? The following may make for grim reading but small changes to how we view carbon sequestration can make a big difference. So, can enough carbon be stored in Read more »

April 17th, 2019|Forestry Blogs|

Tis the season… to burn wood?

By Dan Lazarou-West People sometimes ask me at parties, (yes, I still get invited to parties) which is the best type of wood to burn. And although, like many, I have a wood burning stove at home, I don’t always have a satisfactory answer to hand. At best people lose interest before I finish instilling them with the merits of one type of wood over another. However, the best piece of advice I can give is Read more »

February 6th, 2019|Forestry Blogs, News & Media|

Ash Die-Back Update

Ash dieback is caused by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus and was first formally identified in the UK in 2012; but perhaps has been in the UK as far back as 2004. It is characterised by wilting of foliage and subsequent blackening of leaves. Branches are girdled by the fungus, often with compensatory regrowth beneath the necrosis caused by the fungus. Cumulative ‘die-back’ reduces the healthy limbs and productive canopy of Read more »

October 16th, 2018|Forestry Blogs|

Achieving No Net Loss of Biodiversity on the Greater West Programme

The Trust for Oxfordshire’s environment (TOE2) and Network Rail are working together to bring a funding scheme targeted at the creation and improvement of woodland and scrub habitat. This is an exciting funding opportunity to boost biodiversity in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. The fund aims to compensate for the unavoidable habitat lost that occurred during the electrification programme. The grant is a two-stage funding process where applicants can apply for up to 100 % funding and Read more »

February 27th, 2018|Forestry Blogs|

Ash Dieback Grants

Ash, (Fraxinus excelsior) is one of the UK’s most useful and versatile native tree species and has been planted extensively across the UK due to its quick growth rates, ability to tolerate a wide range of soils including lime heavy sites, and its light canopy which allows a rich understorey of plants to survive beneath it. Once felled ash makes excellent firewood and good stems develop a strong, durable, flexible and attractive timber. Read more »

January 23rd, 2018|Forestry Blogs|

BS8596 – Surveying for Bats in Woodland

Published in October 2015, BS8596 is a comprehensive guide to surveying woodlands through to single trees for the presence of bats. This standard flows from the considered risk of tree operations on this part of the European Protected Species (EPS) family, and aims to give confidence to managers and surveyors alike as to a reasonable approach to detecting bat presence in planning tree works. It must be appreciated that BS8596 is a Guide, and not a Code Read more »

November 22nd, 2016|Forestry Blogs|

Woodlands & Trees in the Cotswolds – preparations for 2050

If you were told that by 2050 the Cotswolds would experience average temperatures similar to the central and south of France – would you believe it? And that is what official guidance from the Forestry Commission and Forest Research is telling us to expect.  Yes, a northerly shift in temperatures of two to five degrees latitude south and that is a prospect the whole of the UK faces. The implication of this on trees and woodlands is Read more »

October 7th, 2016|Forestry Blogs|

Woodlands For Water – New Woodland Planting in the Upper Thames Tributaries

In early February, the NFU (National Farmers' Union) in conjunction with Nicholsons delivered a series of presentations looking at woodland planting to counteract water quality and flooding concerns. Across England there are significant targets to reduce flood risk and improve the water quality of our rivers, and new and existing woodlands have a role to play in making this happen. The delivery comes in part from the new Countryside Stewardship grants, which specifically focus woodland Read more »

March 4th, 2016|Forestry Blogs|

Ash Dieback – My 2015 Observations

Media talk of Ash dieback has seemed quieter in the past twelve months, but the problem hasn’t slipped away. On the ground, Ash Dieback (now identified as the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) is moving. It has specific concentrations in Kent and East Anglia, but 2015 saw a significant increase in positive identifications across England, Scotland & Wales. The results of last years’ surveys may seem dramatic, but they are perhaps a reflection on the more confined survey areas Read more »

February 29th, 2016|Forestry Blogs|
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