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Subscribe to The Tree Council’s new Substack newsletter, Tree Talk

The Tree Council

March 20, 2023

You can now subscribe to The Tree Council’s new Substack newsletter, Tree Talk, with a fresh edition packed full of sector talking points, best practice and lots of love for trees and hedgerows delivered to your inbox every fortnight.

We wanted to create a resource that allows everyone to benefit from all the amazing knowledge here at The Tree Council, as well as provide a focal point for discussion and insight for all our colleagues, partners and friends involved in governance, conservation, land management, tree maintenance, community tree nurseries, hedgerow heritage, landscaping, foraging, and everything in between.

The most recent Tree Talk, published on Friday, is a part one of a two-part deep dive into tree guards. In Tree Guards Part 1: Plastic, Jackie Shallcross, The Tree Council’s lead for the Shared Outcome Fund Trees Outside Woodlands project, discusses some of the complexities involved in any decision to move away from using traditional plastic tree guards. Read more here

Substack, which describes itself as a new model for publishing, is a web-based platform that allows organisations and individuals to write and send out digital newsletters.

“This Substack newsletter builds on our work to define and encourage best management practices and help ensure the future good health of the UK treescape.”

It works in a similar way to social media. Users can visit substack.com and browse their favourite topics, but rather than ‘following’ an account, you simply subscribe to any newsletters of interest and then keep an eye on your email inbox as all that lovely information comes through.

Next up on Tree Talk will be Ian Turner, The Tree Council’s Head of Major Planting & Ecology Projects, Southern Region, for Tree Guards Part 2. Ian will consider the alternatives currently available, including card and biodegradable guards, so make sure you subscribe before March 23 to access Ian’s insight straight from your inbox.

The Tree Guards two hander follows fascinating pieces by Jess Allan, The Tree Council’s Science & Research Projects Manager; and Community Engagement Officer, Will Fitzpatrick.

Jess’ piece takes a long look at the Government’s newly announced Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP). While the EIP drew media criticism, we did find good news in there for trees, and particularly hedgerows. Read more here.

Will draws attention to the gap in hedgerow succession. With just 1% of UK hedgerows less than five-years-old and most aged between 20 – 100 years, it’s a call for improved management to avoid a “notable visual and ecological impact on our rural landscapes.” Read more here

The Tree Council’s CEO, Sara Lom said: “As the umbrella charity and convenor for the tree sector, we work with partners to influence policy and find solutions to tree-related challenges.

“This Substack newsletter builds on our work to define and encourage best management practices and help ensure the future good health of the UK treescape.”

You can browse previous articles and subscribe to receive The Tree Council’s Tree Talk newsletter direct, by visiting, treetalk.substack.com.

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