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California wildfires: weather conditions worsen threat to giant sequoia trees

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Hot and dry weather on Sunday added to the challenges facing California firefighters battling to keep flames from driving further into a grove of ancient sequoias, where the base of the world’s tallest tree has been w...

Ancient sequoia trees threatened by growing wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada

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A growing wildfire, sparked by lightning and spread through the dense, dry, forested Sierra Nevada, is posing dangers to the ancient sequoia trees in their namesake national park. The Paradise fire and the Colony fire...

Can we really solve the climate crisis by planting trees? (part two) – podcast

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Getting trees into the ground isn’t simple. Reforestation often involves trade-offs and challenges. Phoebe Weston checks in on two projects where people are planting trees, and one where it’s not humans doing the plan...

Can we really solve the climate crisis by planting trees? (part one) – podcast

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In an era of divisions over the climate breakdown, tree planting seems to bring everyone together. But are there situations where tree planting can cause more harm than good? And how much can it help us counteract glo...

Scrawny trees, patchy grass, terrible view … why £6m Marble Arch Mound still falls flat

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It has been called a “BTec Eiffel Tower” and a “slag heap”. It’s been compared to “a car-park Santa’s grotto, with dogs pretending to be reindeer”. The Marble Arch Mound, the temporary artificial hill commissioned by ...

Trees should be planted without plastic guards, says UK study

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Planting trees without plastic tree guards should be standard practice, a UK study has found, as leading conservation charities and landowners seek sustainable alternatives to reduce plastic waste. The Woodland Trust ...

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak review – superlative storytelling

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“The feeling of being ‘in between things’ is good for [writers],” said Elif Shafak in a 2014 interview. This delight in liminal spaces forms the bedrock of her 12th novel, which charts the moving story of Kostas and D...

Airlines need to do more than plant trees to hit net zero, MPs told

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The aviation industry must pay for costly carbon removal technologies rather than rely on using the planting of trees to claim they are reducing emissions, the head of the Climate Change Committee has said. Chris Star...

Highgate cemetery revamp to fell trees and open views across London

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Hundreds of “spindly” trees at Highgate cemetery are set to be felled under a proposed revamp that aims to open the famous burial ground to views across London. The first images have been released showing how the fina...

California couple fined $18,000 for illegally uprooting 36 Joshua trees

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A couple has been fined $18,000 after uprooting 36 Joshua trees to make space for a home and then burying them in a hole. Authorities hope the fine discourages others from mowing down the crooked-limbed plant, which i...

Call the copse! The sudden flourishing of culture about trees

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Let me tell you a story. Long, long ago, the Pelasgians, a people who lived in Thessaly, planted a forest grove in honour of Demeter – the goddess who breathes life into seeds, who makes young leaves unfurl, who uncle...

‘I’m seen as the fool’: the farmers putting trees back into the UK’s fields

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Andy Gray stands beside an enormous hill of bare red earth and smiles with a hint of mischief. This is his best field, its soils known as Crediton red land. The region was once known for producing swedes prized by Cov...

Take the cider orchard quiz: could you care for apple trees?

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Taking an apple from young tree to cider is no simple feat. Test your farming instincts to see if you have the knowledge to make it on a Thatchers Cider orchard ...To discover more about life on Myrtle Farm and Thatch...

‘War in the woods’: activists blockade Vancouver Island in bid to save ancient trees

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Hundreds of activists are digging in at logging road blockades across a swath of southern Vancouver Island, vowing to stay as long as it takes to pressure the provincial government to immediately halt cutting of what ...

Ninebarrow: A Pocket Full of Acorns review – the Dorset duo say it with trees

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Place is often important in folk music; Dorset and Ninebarrow are a case in point. Named after a down in the Purbeck hills, the duo of Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere draw inspiration from the county’s beauty and h...

Century-old olive trees felled as Spain’s farmers try to cut costs

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Century-old olive trees are being chopped up to use as firewood or sold off as garden ornaments as some in Spain’s olive oil industry turn to younger, more productive trees in hope of lowering costs. In recent years t...