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OAK history

Heroditus, the father of ancient history, recorded in the mid-400’s B.C., that oak trees were reputed to have within their boughs, the gift of prophecy. The presence of oak tree galls in oak trees is caused by insect larvae that tunnel inside the twigs. The oak tree branches can become infested with numerous little galls that look like brown or tan balls, as the cells of the oak tree grow to surround the insects inside. Some cultures call these creations, ‘Oak Apples,’ and th

Lets talk tree-surgeon lingo

Pollarding is a method of pruning that keeps trees and shrubs smaller than they would naturally grow. It is normally started once a tree or shrub reaches a certain height, and annual pollarding will restrict the plant to that height. Crown Reduction. The reduction in height and/or spread of the crown (the foliage bearing portions) of a tree. Crown reduction may be used to reduce mechanical stress on individual branches or the whole tree, make the tree more suited to its immed

I am about to plant the dinning room table!

A furniture designer from Derbyshire has taken a unique approach to making new pieces -- grow them straight out of the ground. Gavin Munro's designs use trees grown around plastic frames with the resulting chairs, tables and lamps made from a single piece of wood. Furniture is grown from ash, sycamore, hazel, crabapple, sessile oak and royal oak and takes years to be ready for harvest. The first prototype chair, which was completed earlier this year, took five years to grow.

100 years to discover leaves can be slippery

A primary school has won the right to chop down a 100-year-old tree tree due to 'health and safety concerns' about chestnuts falling in the playground. St John's Primary school stated in its planning documents that it had to regularly close areas of the playground for more than a hour to sweep away chestnuts. This was to ensure the safety of the children who go out to play during break times as well as members of staff. Sarah May, the school's head teacher, said that 'very sl

Nuisance when neighbours branch out

Who owns a tree? The tree belongs to the person in whose garden it grows. What about overhanging branches that reach into my land? If the branches and or roots of a neighbouring tree spread into another property, they still belong to the tree-owner. Find out what to do about a neighbour's tatty fence Does that mean I can’t cut them down? You can cut back any overhanging branch that comes into your property. However, the cut branch(es), and any fruit or flowers attached to the


New Checkatrade feedback has been published! Hello - new scores have arrived! We have included a summary of the feedback we have recently published for you in this email, Thank you for being a member of, where reputation matters. Two conifers cut down.Tidiness:10Reliability:10Average: 10Courtesy:10Workmanship:10 Luke turned up on time, did a great job and left the area clean and tidy. He communicated well with me throughout the process from quotation to day of

What is Arboriculture?

Arboriculture was a term apparently well used in the 18th century. The Scottish author John Grigor seems to have been the first to publish the word in his book Arboricultur (1868). Indeed, the Royal Forestry Societies were originally known as arboricultural societies, the Royal Scottish Arboricultural Society was founded in 1854 and the English Royal Arboricultural Society was founded in 1882. It wasn’t until 1931 that the Royal English Arboricultural Society changed its name

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Where are my nuts?

Squirrels eat acorns year-around, but oak trees don’t drop acorns during the winter. Squirrels, therefore, collect more acorns than they need during the fall and bury the extras, hoping to store them during the meager months. But how do the squirrels remember where they buried their nuts? It turns out, they don’t. According to Rob Swihart, an ecologist at Purdue University, “bury nuts all over the place” and “often forget” the exact locations. As a result, oak trees can grow

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