Wakelyns Tree Planting Day – Saturday 25 January 2020

Wakelyns is an organic rotation agroforestry farm in Suffolk UK

Over the years, some of the trees in the Wakelyns agroforestry tree lines died or were damaged; and some of the tree lines were never quite completed. 

With assistance from Paul Jackson, who has looked after the Wakelyns trees for many years, we are holding a Wakelyns Tree Planting Day on Saturday 25 January.

Everyone is welcome to come along to help and join in the fun. The more people we have, the more trees we can plant, making for more apples, cherries, quinces, figs, sweet chestnuts, habitats, carbon sequestration, and everything else which comes with tree planting, down the line.

We will provide all the trees, refreshments and, with luck, good weather! If you are up for joining us on the 25th that would be great.

If you would like to plant trees at Wakelyns, please fill in your details on the Wakelyn’s website: http://www.wakelyns.co.uk/ and you will be put on the contact database and sent more details of the event nearer the 25th.

Please do not just turn up on the day.

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IVY Boon or Bane

Another item from Havant Borough Tree Wardens in SE Hampshire.

A recent planning application that included the removal of the ivy from the trees brought to the surface the Arboricultural Practice Note APN 10 which deals with Ivy – Boon or Bane?
This article from the Arboricultural Association is an interesting read if you’re trying to decide if you should remove the ivy from your trees. It sets out the arguments for and against and says there is no prevailing view on whether ivy should be removed.
The CO2 capture of these plants is not dealt with in the document.

Veteran trees help to halt green field housing development

Article by Melinda Griffin – originally published in the Havant Borough Tree Wardens newsletter “About Trees” August 2019. It is important as a case study of how ancient trees can affect planning applications. (Havant Borough is in south east Hampshire.)

Recognition of the need to protect veteran trees was among the reasons given by Havant Borough Council for refusing permission to build 36 houses on a green field site in Emsworth, (Westwood Close field, APP/18/00672).

Initial Tree Officer opinion had been that the trees and part of the hedge to be removed were of “low quality” and made little contribution to local character. No objection to their removal.”

However, in the 2019 Delegated Report recommending refusal of the application, the Tree Officer noted that two Field Maples and the two oaks within the hedgerow had now been officially listed as ‘veteran’ on the Ancient Tree Inventory. Consequently, the Tree Officer objected to the felling of the two Field Maples (which have an estimated age of 300 years).

Ancient Field Maple (at one time coppiced and now a sculptured survivor).
Photo: Malinda Griffin

The Tree Officer also noted that the root protection area (RPA) of the two Oaks had to be amended to give a minimum of 15 times the stem diameter for veteran trees or 5 metres beyond the canopy (which ever is the greater).

Until this revision has taken place, the Tree Officer objects to positioning two houses within that RPA.

In summary, HBC’s Tree Officer, following the trees’ “new classification”, advised that the Council should be in tune with national policy and raise objection to any harm to the veteran trees.

The Tree Officer advice to object to any harm concluded with a statement from the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework): “Ancient woodland, ancient trees and veteran trees are irreplaceable. Consequently you should not consider proposed compensation measures as part of your assessment of the merits of the development proposal.”