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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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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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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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), or 14.8{27b0ca1a9d405da81e7a6040e78a3682723dd2328d331b32ec3e44d9dd0c7d66} of the land mass.  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 […]

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Summer Forum programme published « Ancient Tree Forum

Veteran Tree

AVA Ltd support the work of the Ancient Tree Forum.  Arboricultural consultants, tree surgeons, foresters, land owners, planners and developers should all be aware of the incredible ecological, cultural and aesthetic value of veteran trees.  Veteran trees can be home to many types of life, including fungi, insects, birds, bats, epiphytes, lichens, moss and mammals – sometimes […]

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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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