Furious residents claim a property developer cut down this a large area of woodland - before he applied for planning permission to build there. The wood in Dartmouth, Devon, was once a green hillside but has now been cleared of its trees and reduced to flat mud to make way for a proposed nine two-storey houses. But neighbours are fuming because permission has not yet been granted by the local council - who have since voted against it. ‹ Slide me › The wood in Dartmouth (seen from these aerial photos) was once a green hillside but has now been cleared of its trees and reduced to flat mud to make way for a proposed nine houses Andy Love, 56, who owns a house backing onto the land, said they were shocked in December when the developer started lopping down trees. Several residents complained to South Hams District Council who confirmed the developer did not have planning permission. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Conservationists spark a row with Rochelle and … [Read more...] about Furious residents say property developer cut down forest before even applying for permission to build nine houses on the land
Trees and forests
‘Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis.” That’s how the Guardian reported findings from the Crowther Lab in Switzerland two months ago. Billions more trees, scientists claimed, could remove two-thirds of all the carbon dioxide created by human activity. Forest restoration “isn’t just one of our climate change solutions, it is overwhelmingly the top one,” said the lead scientist, climate change ecologist Tom Crowther. Such a programme might take 100 years to be fully effective, but along the way it would reduce the consequences of the climate crisis – protecting soil from erosion, reducing the risk of flooding and providing habitats for a vast range of animals and other plant species. Some baby steps are already being taken, such as the Bonn Challenge, a global attempt to reforest 350m hectares by 2030. In the UK, tree-planting initiatives include the Northern Forest, which will be made up of 25m trees, … [Read more...] about Grow your own forest: how to plant trees to help save the planet
It’s the year of the artificial Christmas tree, according to John Lewis. It says its in-store “forest” of fakes in London’s Oxford Street has been hugely successful, with shoppers abandoning real trees for ever more lifelike plastic ones. This weekend is likely to be the peak sales period for the 8m trees chopped down every year for Christmas. It can be a palaver: the trip to a layby vendor, seeking out a not-too-wonky, not-too-straggly tree, nervously driving home with it tied to the top of the car, crawling into the loft to find that last year’s lights are broken, trying to get rid of the tree on a wet weekend in January – and still vacuuming up needles in May. If all that puts you off, then maybe artificial is the way to go. Fake trees used to be little better than a wire with tinsel attached. But tree technology has leapt forward: even close up, the pricier artificial ones will fool most people into thinking they are real. “This year is a … [Read more...] about Christmas trees: can a fake really look as good as a real one?
Trees growing near the South Pole, sea levels 20 metres higher than now, and global temperatures 3C-4C warmer. That is the world scientists are uncovering as they look back in time to when the planet last had as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as it does today. Using sedimentary records and plant fossils, researchers have found that temperatures near the South Pole were about 20C higher than now in the Pliocene epoch, from 5.3m to 2.6m years ago. Many scientists use sophisticated computer models to predict the impacts of human-caused climate change, but looking back in time for real-world examples can give new insights. The Pliocene was a “proper analogy” and offered important lessons about the road ahead, said Martin Siegert, a geophysicist and climate-change scientist at Imperial College London. “The headline news is the temperatures are 3-4C higher and sea levels are 15-20 metres higher than they are today. The indication is that there is no Greenland ice … [Read more...] about Last time CO2 levels were this high, there were trees at the South Pole
The colours of autumn are abundant: the cool blue of the sky, the silver frost on the grass, the fuchsia of an early sunset. But the true riches are the leaves. The deep reds; the fierce oranges. The ochre of those curled at the edges. The shrivelled ones; the pale yellow of fading bruises. The combination of these colours against those crisp skies is majestic. While the adjustment from summer to autumn can be tough – the reacquaintance with relentless rain and walking home from work in darkness – the colours are a solace. Walking around parks in October conjures Vincent Van Gogh’s Autumn Landscape With Four Trees (1885); the sienna, veiny delights of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Autumn Leaves (1924); Gustav Klimt’s Birch Forest I (1902). But best of all, David Hockney’s huge studies of Woldgate Woods (2006). Without wishing to go full curmudgeon, something is lost in the dying art of kids jumping into piles of leaves, eschewed for the bleeps, vibrations … [Read more...] about Chekhov and Georgia O’Keeffe loved autumn leaves, and so do I