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The Paper We Vote On
The Paper We Vote On
Between two thirds and three quarters of us will vote in the General Election this week by placing an X on a piece of paper next to the name of our preferred candidate. But what is paper? How is it made? And how many times can it be recycled? A Short History of Paper Making Papyrus was the earliest form of paper, made from reeds in ancient Egypt some 3,000 years ago. Paper, as we think of...
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Ivy - Good, Bad or Indifferent
Ivy - Good, Bad or Indifferent
Ivy is much maligned but is it all bad or does it have some redeeming features? Ivy is our only native evergreen climber and it has two forms. When the ivy is juvenile it has the characteristic lobed ‘ivy shaped’ leaves that are particularly well adapted to living in low light conditions. When it is mature it produces side branches with elliptical leaves and flowering shoots. This...
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Trees, Bees and Honey
Trees, Bees and Honey
The best and most expensive honeys in the world are made from the nectar collected from trees. Manuka honey is made from the nectar of the flowering Manuka tree, which is native to, and grows only in New Zealand. Sidr honey comes from the Sidr tree which is native throughout Asia and Bashkir honey, comes from Linden forests growing high in the Ural Mountains in Russia. What is Honey? The...
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Deciding Where and How Much to Prune
Deciding Where and How Much to Prune
Spring is in the air and it is time to think about getting back into the garden. Tree work should always be planned to maintain, as far as possible, the aesthetic and ecological value of the tree; and should retain enough leaf-bearing twig structure to ensure that the tree remains healthy and able to resist disease and decay.   For most forms of crown management, pruning cuts should normally...
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The Air that I Breathe
The Air that I Breathe
Almost every other car on the road in the UK is a diesel. Diesel engines emit two main pollutants: nitrogen dioxide (N02) and particulates, and account for almost 50% of the N02 and about 70% of the particulates in the atmosphere of our major cities. In light of the ongoing Volkswagen emissions scandal, the environmental benefits of trees are perhaps more important than they have ever been; there...
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