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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Calais Muir Woods Art Installations

One dreich December day, Marion (from Urban Pioneers), Andrew and 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, there […]

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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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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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Tree Surgery Land Rover for Sale

Land Rover 130

Arbor Vitae Professional Tree Surgery is selling it’s trusty Land Rover 130 2.5 litre TDi. This is a work horse, and a very sought after vehicle, which is becoming ever more rare.  Asking price: £4,500. Please click through the gallery below for further images or go to the eBay site for the advert. For more photographs, please go […]

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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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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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