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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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Branches, Roots, Leaves, Fruit and Flowers that Cross Property Boundaries
Branches, Roots, Leaves, Fruit and Flowers that Cross Property Boundaries
Introduction There is no requirement in law per se for a tree owner to prevent a tree or part of a tree crossing over a property boundary; however, conditional rights are given to neighbours to prevent or abate a nuisance or trespass. Nuisance When a tree growing on land owned by ‘A’ is indirectly interfering with the ‘use or enjoyment’ of land owned by ‘B’,...
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West Country Apples, Orchards and Cider
West Country Apples, Orchards and Cider
Fresh off the Press West Country Apples, Orchards and Cider The West Country is synonymous with apples, orchards and traditional farmhouse cider. Although cider is presently enjoying a revival in popularity, all is not well. The National Trust have said 90% of England's traditional orchards have disappeared in the last 60 years, with older varieties often uprooted and the land used for...
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