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2011-02-01 07:31:00

SWINDON, England, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Trust has revealed it will be backing the public's concern over the future of Britain's forests and is insisting that any change of ownership must protect public access to woodlands as well as their amenity, conservation and cultural value. The Trust has agreed a set of principles which should guide any proposed disposals. These have been sent to Government and the key public bodies involved after consultation with other nature,...

2008-10-06 09:00:13

By Rob Edwards Environment Editor THE Forestry Commission has withdrawn a plan to build a green community in an ancient woodland in the wake of fierce opposition from environmental groups and local residents. The commission's controversial application for 32 "sustainable" homes in Kilnhill Wood near Nairn was facing rejection by Highland Council's local planning committee on Tuesday, in line with a recommendation from officials. Late on Friday, however, after inquiries by the Sunday...

2008-09-21 03:00:17

By Abbott, Jez The Forestry Commission has confirmed that scientists want to plant genetically modified trees on its land in a project that is likely to spark protests. The commission said the University of Southampton was keen to look into biofuels, arguing it was time to "move the debate forward". But the last time a group of scientists tried to plant trees in this country - in Bracknell, Berkshire, nine years ago - activists destroyed more than 100 specimens. The Southampton team...

2008-09-17 06:00:24

By Paul Cook A PIONEERING grant scheme has been launched for landowners to help declining numbers of woodland birds. The Forestry Commission and the RSPB are offering financial support to land owners and managers in the North-East to improve the habitat for 14 of the country?s vulnerable species. The scheme is the first of its kind in the country, with several of the targeted species associated with the North Pennines and Northumberland National Park. The 14 species are redstart, tree...

2008-09-13 18:00:12

A GRANT scheme - the first of its kind in England - is being launched today in a bid to help declining woodland bird species in the North East. The Forestry Commission in partnership with the RSPB is offering financial support to landowners and managers to improve the habitat for 14 vulnerable species, including redstart, tree pipit, spotted flycatcher and marsh tit. The UK's woodland bird population has fallen by 20% in the last 25 years. Some species, such as the lesser redpoll and...

2008-08-30 18:00:17

MORE than 100 ponds have now been created in a North forest to provide more wildlife habitats. Two of the ponds in the Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland have already been rated as of outstanding conservation value for attracting nine species of dragonfly, including the rare lesser emperor and the southern hawker. One of these prime locations is Bellcrag Flow, near Wark, part of the Border Mires restoration project. Earlier this year, Northumberland's first breeding...

2008-08-26 18:00:17

MORE than 100 ponds have been built in a North East park in a bid to improve wildlife habitats. The Forestry Commission has passed the milestone of installing a century of ponds over the past three decades, in Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland. And there is evidence the push to improve the natural world is bringing conservation benefits. Two ponds have already been rated as of outstanding conservation value for having more than nine species of dragonfly, including the...

2008-08-10 00:00:12

NEWS IN BRIEF :: FORESTRY Researchers from Southampton University want to establish a settlement of GM poplar trees on Forestry Commission land to carry out research into biofuels - the first attempt to cultivate GM trees in the UK since 1999, when activists destroyed 115 plants in Berkshire. (c) 2008 Independent on Sunday, The. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.


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