Archive for February, 2007

Why do trees get cut down?

Ted looks at a tree stump and uses detective work to explain what happened to the tree.

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creating a new generation of British elms

Ted and Libby Symon talk about the Conservation Foundation’s plan to create a new generation of elm trees through micro-propagation from surviving British elms.

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Welsh duo sing inside a tree

Welsh language duo Brigyn (which means ‘twig’) launched their 2005 CD release from inside a hollow oak at Rhandirmwyn. This is a wonderful hollow tree capable of accomodating 2 or 3 people. The duo performed the song, ‘Popeth yn ei le’,  inside the tree and captured it on film. Lovely footage and a beautiful song which is undoubtedly appealing to welsh and non-welsh speakers alike. Watch the video…

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Sculptural concrete an alternative 'filler'

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Can you see the concrete in this tree outside an old church near Calamocha (Spain)?     Is this an alternative to planking to cover cavities to protect the tree from damage? Your thoughts and other ideas please?

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Sculptural concrete an alternative 'filler'

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Can you see the concrete in this tree outside an old church near Calamocha (Spain)?     Is this an alternative to planking to cover cavities to protect the tree from damage? Your thoughts and other ideas please?

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Ted talks about a young oak pollard that has been hit by mildew

The skill of pollarding was lost from the UK a long time ago. So we need to experiment to find out how to cut young trees to start a pollard of the future. In this case a young oak which was cut last winter has sprouted from the stub ends but 70-80% of the vigorous new growth has been seriously affected by an infection of mildew. Will the tree be able to recover?  (Many thanks to Rob McBride for this video. You can see more of Rob on YouTube – see links on the right)

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More stories about trees at Blenheim Palace

Ted talks to Paul Orsi, Rural Enterprises Manager at Blenheim Palace about the King Oak the giant of this forest. In girth this tree measures over 9 meters  and using John Whites oak tree age calculations for trees at Windsor Ted estimates that it could well be more than 900 years old. How many Dukes of Malborough have visited this tree and entertained visitors in its dappled shade?

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