New tree game by PROTREE – ‘Caledon’!

Forestry Strategy Game Play this new addictive and educational forestry strategy game by PROTREE.  You will learn what it takes to manage a forest.  It looks great and is easy to learn, so perfect for kids and tree lovers. In the game, you are given a tutorial so that you can learn the rules and how to […]

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Edinburgh is still at risk from Dutch Elm Disease

It is a sad fact that Dutch Elm disease (Ophiostoma novo-ulmi) introduced to the UK in the 1960s, is still causing the removal of around 1,000 Elms in Edinburgh each year.  Despite decades of research, there is still no known effective way of preventing the movement of the Elm Bark Beetles (Scolytus scolytus). Edinburgh has lost around […]

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Protecting Bats on the Beauly-Denny Power Line

Why protect bats? The British Standards Institute announced that a new standard would soon be introduced to protect bats and their roosts during construction work or tree surgery (now known as BS8596:2015). Arbor Vitae Arboriculture were ahead of the game somewhat, carrying out highly detailed and professional inspections of woodland for bats. The Beauly-Denny Power Line […]

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Ash Limb Failure

Reasons to inspect trees: fungus A fungal fruiting body of the fungus Dryad’s Saddle (Polyporous squamosus) had been evident for several years prior to the limb failure. This is usually a localised decay, however the extent of decay plus the mass of the limb led to a spectacular failure, ripping a large area of living […]

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Windblown Cherry

Reasons to inspect trees: storm damage This mature Gean (Wild Cherry; Prunus avium) was on the receiving end of 103 mph winds in January 2012. It had some structural weaknesses that finally failed with the extreme weather. Luckily there was no damage to either of the adjacent houses. Trees are much more likely to fail […]

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Protecting Trees on a Development Site

Why protect trees? Tree roots need access to oxygen and water in order for the tree to survive. Building and development sites can be particularly prone to compacted soil, which prevents filtration of air and water to the tree roots and the tree will rapidly suffer. The cause of soil compaction is often the movement […]

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The Big Bat Map

The Big Bat Map has been created by the Bat Conservation Trust to help you explore the world of bats all around us. Bats are amazing unique wildlife on your doorstep and we want to keep them that way. But sadly bats face many threats, they are losing their homes in buildings and trees, and […]

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The Mysterious Kingdom of Fungi

Most western countries are fungi phobic – we have a deep fear of mushrooms, most likely because they were associated with witches, poisoning.  Many cultures (especially in eastern Europe) still possess the knowledge (and lack the fear) of fungi – what to pick and what to leave well alone.  Fungi are everywhere and the world would […]

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Calais Muir Woods Art Installations

One dreich December day, Marion (from Urban Pioneers), Andrew and myself met at Calais Muir woods in Dunfermline. The wood consists mainly of young Birch and some mature  Beech.  The woods have recently had a fair bit of investment, with new hard-core paths, and some tree works.  Even on a cold, damp and dull day, […]

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Chalara fraxinea (Ash dieback) update January 2016

Hope for Britain’s Ash trees Britain’s Ash trees have been in the news over the last few years due to the sudden and unstoppable infections of Chalara fraxinea, apparently introduced through some nurseries.  This disease was predicted to be as devastating as the Dutch Elm Disease outbreaks in the middle of last century.  However, new research […]

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