Mulching for Tree Health

Mulching Madness By Glynn Percival, 17 September 2014 This article was published on the CAS website and has been reproduced verbatim. AV Arboriculture always plant new trees with wood chip mulch, to promote root growth and tree health.  We also apply wood chip mulch to established trees, usually after de-compacting the rooting area.   The aim […]

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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. 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 what […]

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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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Trees reduce air pollution by 50-60{27b0ca1a9d405da81e7a6040e78a3682723dd2328d331b32ec3e44d9dd0c7d66}

A recent episode of the BBC’s “Trust Me I’m a Doctor” highlighted research done by Professor Barbara Maher of Lancaster University that shows the drastic reduction in air pollution achievable by planting trees.  Microscopic hairs on Silver Birch leaves trap air-borne pollution, then it is washed off, leaving the hairs free to trap more dust.

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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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Summertime

The warmest and sunniest summer in a decade has finally given way to a mild autumn.  The trees have absolutely loved it!  After last summer’s drowsing, many trees – but especially the Cherries – were looking very sorry for themselves.  Happy to say that – in Edinburgh at least – the Cherries have had a […]

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Chalara

Ash die-back did not take off in Scotland as destructively as was predicted, however the south of England is seeing much more effect of the disease.  An interesting article on this topic can be found here.  

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