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The "Keep Heritage trees" initiative invites landowners to keep heritage trees

20/06/2022 | By Josef Jarý
Photo by: Tamme-Lauri oak. Photo: (CC) Abrget47j / Wikipedia
Loodushoiu Fond, Estonian Private Forest Union and Luua Forestry School invite all Estonian landowners to notice and preserve heritage trees and join the voluntary initiative.
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New campaign to give the UK’s ancient trees legal protection

15/6/2022 | By Josef Jarý
Photo by: @Credits WTML Jill Jennings - The Allerton Oak was winner of Tree of the Year 2019 in England and came 7th in the European competition.
The Woodland Trust has launched a petition calling for legally protected status for the UK’s oldest and most important trees – our living legends.

The UK’s ancient trees are internationally important. Several trees are more than a thousand years old. Our oldest yew trees are estimated to be more than two thousand years old. One study reports there are 115 very large ancient oaks in the UK, compared to 98 in all the countries of Europe combined. This partly due to the history of land ownership including medieval deer parks and royal hunting forests which has helped to protect areas of land rich in old open-grown trees .
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Why a Declaration of Tree Rights in France?

14/06/2022 | By Josef Jarý
Photo by: A.R.B.R.E.S. - The tree is often a central focus in French villages, part of its history and beloved by the comunity (here, the London Plane of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, in Herault, France).
Trees play a fundamental role in the ecological balance of the planet. However, we observe a real contradiction between the need to protect them, especially in cities , and the indifference, even the mistreatment they have no choice to bear, under the ongoing land pressure encouraging cut downs and lefting no space for tree planting.  The French n.g.o. A.R.B.R.E.S collects too many complaints about this issues.
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England's ancient woodlands and trees are given greater protection, or are they?

In July this year, England’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published, a policy document concerned with how best to build new housing in the country.  Extra protection has been given to ancient woodland and, after a ...

Sheffield Shock

Close to 6,000 (mainly healthy) mature, large canopy street trees have been felled in Sheffield over the last five years as part of the 25 year, £2.2 billion (€2.5 billion) Public Finance Initiative (PFI) contract between Sheffield ...

Voluntary protection of heritage trees able to cover an area the size of Hiiumaa island in a month

In a month, 139 landowners have joined the call of the Loodushoiu Fond, the Estonian Private Forest Union and the Luua Forestry School to notice and preserve the heritage trees on their properties, keeping the heritage trees on ...

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