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Humans Vs Nature

It should be obvious that humans are a part of nature, have evolved with nature and should not be separated apart from nature.

Surely the challenge is for human cultures to adapt within nature for the benefit of all? The commercial realities of western culture are predicated on greed. This leads to elite and priviledged sections of society excluding others from land for their own ends.

The land sparing conservationist agenda is prevalent in the linked BBC programme below. As Charles Kay has argued (1994), the only pristine wilderness that ever existed in the Holocene, is in the mind of man. The pristine and amazon forests Peter Woehlleben talks of, have been modified by indigenous tribes sustainably for thousands of years - the solution is sustainable land sharing, not land sparing for NIMBYist convenience.

A sustainable culture needs more trees no matter how they are planted and managed. Time to put them in the ground in 10s of 1000s year on year.
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Future Trees for Free?

Planning for what seems the inevitable is a serious business with investors; it seems likely that within 100 years, the climate impacts of business as usual will be severe. Is the modern day Noah benevolent? What will it cost the public to re-establish today's nature in the future, if the projected scenarios come to be?
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Sheffield Street Tree Update

A deal is being brokered to reduce the tree felling.

But, as ever, no doubt the devil will be in the detail.

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The Fungal Fruits of Autumn

A fine October day to find various woodland fungi in the same small woodland - amongst the leaf litter of mature Beech, Oak and Ash.

A good opportunity to test fungi ID. The black fungi in the leaf litter are the decaying remains of the large (20cm diameter) white fungus in the photos.
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Carbon Unicorns

Trees are one obvious climate solution, but still some countries struggle to increase tree cover, while others seem intent on less tree cover.

Not forgetting the importance of mature urban trees, and the UK's net loss. How does your local authority manage public trees? It really is up to them and the public that vote for them.

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The Politically and Legally Sanctioned War on Street Trees Continues...

Michael Gove stepped in to halt the unsustainable loss of mature urban street trees in Sheffield. But Sheffield isn' t the only city with the problem, it just happens to have the most vocal protesters. Professor Ian Rotherham reports....

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Forestry Act for Urban Tree Protection???

When does the forest become urban forest, and where is the appropriate tree protection?

Whilst we should welcome a Government Agent investigating the unsustainable loss of mature urban trees, the fact that forestry powers are being clung to in the hope of retribution is a red flag for insufficient tree protection legislation.

The Town & Country Planning Act does not consider, or seek to protect, the eco-system service values of urban trees. This is why so many can be easily and legally felled. This has to change if mature urban trees are only to be removed sustainably.

We cannot (realistically) plant mature urban trees; the benefits they provide will not be there for the next two generations. This is our legacy.
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The Wood Wide Web

Urban trees can be viewed as orphans of the forest, or domesticated for our benefit. Because we separate them from their natural support network, we are obliged to care for them, if only for the benefits provided.

This very well presented video paints a picture of what can be lost to urban trees in harsh environments without proper planning.
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Sheffield Street Tree Felling: A Reprieve for Now

A halt to felling for now - but will there be a review?

When trees are labelled dying and dangerous, as justification for removal, how credible is the opinion?

How is removal of low risk balanced against the loss of high benefits?

Impartial tree advice is necessary, when determining the fate of trees and their benefits.
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Environment Secretary Brands Sheffield a "Renegade" Council

Local authorities have a duty of care to the environment.

Michael Gove explains the government's position in this instance.
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