World leaders and top CEOs are meeting in Davos in Switzerland from January 22 to 25 to discuss how to steer policy amid worries of slowing economic growth, damaging trade wars and Brexit.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove today announced plans to create greater protections for trees in urban areas.
The proposals would ensure councils can’t cut down street trees without first consulting communities.
The measures reflect the important role trees in towns and cities play in improving our health and wellbeing, as well as providing crucial environmental benefits.
Launching a consultation on a raft of new forestry measures, the Secretary of State unveiled proposals designed to ensure local people have a bigger say over what happens to the trees in their communities.
The proposals include:
making sure communities have their say on whether street trees should be felled with requirements for councils to consult local residents
responsibilities on councils to report on tree felling and replanting to make sure we can safeguard our environment for future generations
giving the Forestry Commission more powers to tackle illegal tree felling and strengthen protection of wooded landscapes
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said:
It’s right that the views of local people are at the heart of any decision that affects their community – and the futures of the trees that line their streets are no different. Trees have often been rooted in our towns and cities for many years, and are undoubtedly part of our local heritage.
These measures will enhance the protection given to urban trees, ensuring residents are properly consulted before trees are felled and safeguarding our urban environment for future generations.
The government’s Tree Champion Sir William Worsley said:
Urban trees are an amazingly valuable natural resource, and with this consultation I hope we can take further steps towards strong and robust protections to ensure their futures.
By planting the right trees in the right place we can ensure that they continue to improve health and wellbeing and encourage people to enjoy the outdoors.
Forestry Commission Director of Forest Services Richard Greenhous said:
The Forestry Commission recognises that our trees and woodlands are under increasing pressure, especially in and around urban areas. With this consultation we hope to be able to better protect more of our cherished woodlands from illegal felling.
This consultation forms part of the government’s ongoing work to protect and promote our precious trees, including our commitment to plant one million trees in our towns and cities in addition to eleven million trees nationwide over the course of this parliament.
Protecting and planting more trees is a key part of our ambitious 25-Year Environment Plan, which will ensure we leave this environment in a better state for the next generation.
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year form the team at Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants.
We look forward to working with you in 2019 on a variety of projects. 2018 has been a big year for the company and we look forward to further growth in 2019.
We hope you have a great break and come back fresh and ready for 2019.
Hopefully you have also received your desk calendar to help you plan your projects.
The office will be closed from Friday 21st December until 2nd January 2019.
On Thursday 14th December we were thrilled to receive the news that both Sebastian Onslow and Jack Barnard had earned Chartered status in Arboriculture by achieving Professional Membership to the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
Both Sebastian and Jack have work extremely hard to gain their Chartered status.
It always been an ambition of mine to become Chartered. The accreditation means a huge amount both personally and professionally, and all the hard work has now paid off. Sebastian Onslow MICFor (Chartered Arboriculturist)
This is a fantastic achievement and one that is truly well deserved.
Starting from the home of UK Arboriculture, on the edge of the Severn estuary in Gloucestershire, at around 2.30am on a cold, and likely wet and windy morning on Thursday 6th December, four fearless Arboricultural Association (AA) members will be riding to the Houses of Parliament to deliver the biosecurity message in person at the official release of the AA’s Guidance Note: Application of Biosecurity in Arboriculture.
Congratulations to WNIC's senior Ecologist Matt Wall, who has been awarded his Class 2 Bat License by Natural England. This has come after a number of years of hard work and is a great way to start the week!
By having this licence means that Matt can now survey bats using artificial light, endoscopes, hand and hand-held static nets! Well Done Matt!
Join Peter Wharton at Venture House Business Centre, Stratford upon Avon, on 12th September for Donut Time where he will be giving his tips on Going Green for Wellbeing. Book now as spaces are limited!
From Tiny Acorns Grow Mighty Oaks
10th Anniversary celebration for Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants
Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) has produced an exceptional guide to assist decision makers and specifiers - Tree Species Selection for Green Infrastructure: A Guide for Specifiers freely available online.
Matt Wall, Senior Ecologist at Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants Ltd presented at MMBEN’s recent event on Habitat creation for business gain, discussing ways in which large and small habitat interventions on commercial sites can provide significant landscape-scale benefits.
Increasingly businesses are becoming more aware and more diligent about looking after and enhancing the green spaces around their sites or nearby nature reserves. The MMBEN event took place to help guide, educate and offer support to those businesses keen to make a positive impact to the landscape by protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of their sites to benefit both their employees and visiting clients.
Wharton believe that focusing on the natural infrastructure and ecology as an asset and not an obstacle, right from the start of a planning process, ultimately enhances the site development whilst ensuring that valuable natural spaces are protected, enhanced and created. In other words, by considering landscape-scale habitat creation, or as Wharton call it, the Natural Infrastructure, businesses can look to benefit from increased property prices as well as improved health and wellbeing of employees.
“Our mission is to change the way trees and ecology are viewed in planning terms; seeing both as a real opportunity to improve people’s surroundings rather than it being a box to tick or a problem to overcome.” Matt Wall
Wharton provide the land, tree and ecology advice needed to successfully balance commercial, environmental and human needs. This is achieved by combining detailed analysis of the existing, land, trees and ecology with our own expert knowledge. We help turn natural constraints into exciting opportunities. Ultimately, we increase the value of a site at a time when green infrastructure has never been so important.
Wharton manages projects for local authorities and planning departments as well as private estates, property owners, land managers, architects, leisure and educational establishments. We provide independent, impartial guidance and advice to ensure that the value and benefits of the natural assets in their charge are optimised.
Thousands of Brits having been enjoying the recent warm weather, with barbeques in full swing. The onset of great weather means that the UK’s bats are also out in force feasting on thousands of midges and mosquitoes and other flying critters, fattening up after a long period of hibernation over the winter.
If you’ve had an ecology report sat on your desk with recommendations for a bat survey, then now is the time to get costs for those surveys and get them booked in! Depending on your project-specific requirements you may be required to undertake one or two bat surveys between May and August; undertaking these surveys in this period is often critical to planning success.
It maybe that you’re not sure whether you need a bat survey or not. It’s equally important to find out as soon as possible so that you don’t encounter potentially significant delays later down the line if you miss the optimum period.
The first part of the bat survey process is to carry out an initial assessment to determine the suitability of your site to support bat roosts and/or important commuting or foraging routes. This initial assessment will involve a site survey as well as a desk-based assessment, the results of which are then evaluated jointly to determine the suitability of your site for bats.
Depending on the results of the initial assessment, further surveys may be recommended, and these are often constrained by the period that they can be carried out in. We highly recommend getting in touch to discuss your project-specific requirements and set out a plan to ensure that any surveys required are delivered in accordance with industry guidance.
Whether you’re a developer looking for the right site, an architect navigating your way through planning, or an individual looking to make the most of your property, our highly qualified team can help you to find the most successful natural-infrastructure solutions, with advice to ensure your project is successful in respect of ecology first time, every time.
We have undertaken bat surveys for a wide-range of buildings and projects, from demolition of some of the biggest buildings in Coventry, through to residential extensions, demolitions, conversions and renovations of small residential houses, 17th century manor houses and barns. Whatever the project, however big or small, we’re here to offer expert analysis, quality advice and personal support to help you achieve planning success.