Tree Lights in Edinburgh

Princes Street Gardens In the early winter of 2008 had the honour of being part of the team, several years ago, that stripped out the old , worn out, squirrel-eaten Christmas tree lights from trees in Prices Street Gardens, Edinburgh and then inserted the brand new LED lights that you can see each December. The […]

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Chalara update

The Current Situation Chalara fraxinea (now known as Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) has now been found in 162 10 km squared plots across Scotland (Forestry Commission).  It is acknowledged that nothing can prevent spread of the disease, however more and more is understood about the fungus. Genetic Resistance Chalara can quickly overcome young trees, killing them in a matter […]

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Trees and the Law in Scotland Seminar

On 30th June at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, nearly 100 delegates were treated to a day’s seminar titled Trees and the Law in Scotland, organised by the Scottish Branch of the Arboricultural Association. The speakers – Jeremy Barrell and Dr Charles Mynors – were in good form, managing to be both entertaining and highly informative. […]

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British Standard for Bat Surveying in Trees

The upcoming British Standard for ‘Surveying for bats in trees and woodland’ has now been closed for comment; hopefully we will see the completed document later this year. Bats are essential to our ecosystems, but they are threatened by habitat loss due to the renovation or demolition of old buildings, and the loss of old […]

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Quizzing the Tree Experts

A review of the recent Experts Question Time event held at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh with Arboricultural Experts Jeremy Barrell and David Lonsdale, hosted by the Consulting Arborists Society (CAS).  This was a very informative day for professional consulting arborists.  Text by Mark Chester of CAS._____On Tuesday 1st July, some 60 tree care professionals gathered at the […]

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The Wilfred Owen Violin

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be asked to carefully remove a branch from a Sycamore at Napier University Craiglockhart Campus, where Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon convalesed during World War I.The Edinburgh violin maker Steve Burnett – creator of the famous ‘Sherlock Violin’, wished to commemorate the 100th year of the start […]

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High Hedges Act comes into force (no joke!)

The High Hedges Act (Scotland) came into force today. There is – understandably – a fair lack of preciseness in the Act and the Guidance [CONTENT ARCHIVED]. This is usually the case when dealing with trees, so we can forgive the authors. There are a couple of possible points of contention, i.e. the attempted definition of […]

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High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013

The High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 will come into force on April the 1st 2014. The full Act can be found here Note that section 3(1) states “Before making an application under section 2(1), the applicant must take all reasonable steps to resolve the matters in relation to the high hedge which would otherwise be […]

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Delivering Tree Work: Commercial Practice & Specifications

The Arboricultural Association Scottish Branch are proud to present a four hour CPD Course aimed at arborists, planners, quantity surveyors and others involved in commissioning tree works. The course will be held at the City Council Chambers, Edinburgh, 31 October 2013. The course is an introduction to tree reports and tree work specifications. The course will […]

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