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Easter would not be Easter without Trees
Easter would not be Easter without Trees
The Christian festival of Easter is a fusion of ancient beliefs and manifold cultures. Easter encompasses the fertility symbols of Ancient Egypt, Greco Roman culture, European tradition, Pagan practice and good old fashioned legend; but most importantly Easter would not be Easter without trees. Legend of the Dogwood Tree In the southern states of USA legend holds that dogwood was a tall,...
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That Sinking Feeling
That Sinking Feeling
Trees, Shrink-Swell and Existing Buildings We have had a surge in enquiries this month regarding shrink-swell (subsidence and heave) and existing low-rise commercial and domestic properties and therefore it seems appropriate to write on the subject. The six most common natural ground stability hazards are: swelling clay landslip ground dissolution running sand collapsible...
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Survival of the Fittest Trees
Survival of the Fittest Trees
Why Do Trees Break? It’s a matter of survival of the fittest - Darwin’s concept of fitness is defined as reproductive success and is best understood as ‘survival of the form that will leave the most copies of itself in successive generations’. The Axiom of Uniform Stress An optimal structure has a uniform stress over the whole of its surface. A tree is a self-optimising...
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The Right Tree in the Right Place
The Right Tree in the Right Place
Medium density housing can range from about 25 to 80 dwellings per hectare, though most commonly the density is between 30 and 40 dwellings/hectare. Such developments typically consist of detached, semi-attached and attached (or multi-unit) housing. Current housing density means gardens are smaller than ever before, which in turn means that choosing the right tree is all important. There...
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Frankincense and Myrrh
Frankincense and Myrrh
Introduction Frankincense and myrrh both grow as small trees or shrubs. Their natural habitat is limited to the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula (The Dhofar region) and to northeast Africa (Ethiopia and Somalia). A different species of myrrh grows naturally in the Indian sub continent and frankincense is widely cultivated in parts of southern China. Frankincense and Myrrh Frankincense...
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