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The Man Who Plants Trees

Edgar Vaid

Edgar Vaid reviews the biography of a man who, after a supernatural experience, takes it upon himself to clone species of tree that he deems 'special'; trees that he believes may be crusaders in the fight against global warming ... more...
How to... look after your orchard

The beginner's guide to growing your own fruit

Mark Briggs

14th May, 2012

Whether you live in the city or in the heart of rural England, planting your own fruit trees provides you with a free source of fruit and a boost for biodiversity more...
Sharon Johnson, Trees for Cities

CAMPAIGN HERO: Sharon Johnson, Trees for Cities

Ecologist

27th January, 2012

It is estimated that by 2030, 92 per cent of Britons will live in cities. The CEO of charity Trees for Cities on why its so important but difficult to plant trees in our streets more...
The Fruit Tree Handbook

The Fruit Tree Handbook

Andy McKee

3rd November, 2011

Packed with helpful hints and detailed explanation, The Fruit Tree Handbook is a must-read for ‘top fruit’ enthusiasts, says Andy McKee more...

Roundwood timber framing: the greener way to build

Maddy Harland

19th October, 2010

Using our native softwoods and 'in the round' construction, this innovative technique results in beautiful buildings with high environmental credentials more...
Trees

Torbay in groundbreaking move to start valuing its trees

Tom Levitt

10th December, 2010

By quantifying the economic benefit of its trees through air pollution, shade and flood alleviation, the English Riviera town of Torbay hopes to reverse traditional local antagonism more...
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Trees a 'low-cost' solution to air pollution and biodiversity loss in cities

Ecologist

2nd July, 2010

Native woods and trees in urban areas, including gardens, provide haven for wildlife, reduce air pollution, surface run-off and flooding more...

CASE STUDY: Saving the black poplar

Hannah Davey

25th February, 2010

The native black poplar tree is now rarer than the giant panda with only 2,500 specimens remaining in Britain. The Crown Estate's conservation program aims to reinstate them more...
Does a tonne of fossil carbon equal a tonne of biological carbon?

All carbon is not born equal

Eric Marx

17th November, 2009

Are we risking serious problems if action to tackle deforestation assumes that a tonne of tree carbon is the same as a tonne of fossil carbon? more...
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Enshrining legal rights for the planet

Polly Higgins

10th December, 2008

Just as the humanitarian crisis of the Second World War gave birth to the swift implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60 years ago in 1948, we now have a planetary crisis that needs to be addressed with equal urgency. Now is the time to call for a Universal Declaration of Planetary Rights. more...
Trees for life

Replanting the Caledonian Forest

Eifion Rees

10th November, 2009

Armed with a spade, work gloves, wellies and waterproofs you can help the Trees for Life project to restore an old growth forest to its ancient glory
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The scaffolding will be removed from the tree tower after 8-10 years

First tower made of living trees

Ecologist

4th September

Tree structure will stand without support within 8-10 years says designer more...

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Investigations

Reducing carbon emissions from deforestation

Mark Anslow

1st March 2009

We can all agree on what the problem is, it’s settling on a solution that’s the difficult part. Mark Anslow explores the complicated world of deforestation more...
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Visionaries: Polly Higgins

Ecologist

1st April 2009

‘The planet is currently enslaved to humans abusing its inherent rights – the right not to be enslaved or polluted,’ says environmentalist and barrister Polly Higgins. more...

Forest carbon finance fails root and branch

Harriet Williams

10th February, 2009

Forest carbon finance, through avoided deforestation, is at best a sticking plaster solution that fails to get to the roots of the problem, argues Harriet Williams more...
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Tree Thieves

Steve Kemper

7th August, 2008

The environmental disaster that put paid to China's intensive logging spawned an illegal trade in timber that risks global erosion. In their rush to feed the dragon, loggers on both sides of the law can't see the trees for the wood, says Steve Kemper more...
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GM trees in US

Claire Robinson

1st November, 2007

The US government has given he go-ahead for a test plot of genetically modified (GM) eucalyptus trees in Alabama. For the first time, these trees will be allowed to flower and set seed, opening the door to potential widespread contamination of the American South. more...
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Behind the eco labels: Forestry Stewardship Council

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2007

One of the major causes of rainforest destruction and biodiversity loss in tropical zones is the illegal logging of hardwoods. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label, broadly speaking, exists to address this by promoting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. more...
Investigations

Biofuels Report: Forests or Fuel

Renton Righelato

1st March, 2007

The world’s forests are natural carbon ‘sinks’ that remove and store atmospheric CO2. So why, in the name of saving the earth, asks Renton Righelato, are we cutting down these precious resources to make way for fuel crops? more...
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Protecting US forests

Derrick Jensen

1st February, 2004

The ongoing battle between US tree-sitters and North America’s big logging firms pitches some of the world’s most determined activists against some of its most ruthless corporations. It is a battle that the tree-sitters simply must not lose. more...

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