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Why trees ain’t bad

We know trees are an important part of our local landscape and a vital part of the local ecology, but now more than ever must we be preserving the island’s trees. The island has less than 6% total tree cover, compared to 12% in UK and 35% in Europe, and with the scheduled removal of approximately 20% of our plantations as a result of larch disease, our tree numbers will hit a major low.

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Why a Real Christmas Tree is Better

Like it or not, the festive season is here and what Christmas would be complete without the tree?

DSC_0108But will it be a plastic tree or a real tree that will stand proud in your home this year?We were once led to believe that having a fake tree was somehow more environmentally friendly for the fact that the fake tree is bought and collected once, and may be used year after year rather than every year cutting a fresh tree that stands in the house for a couple of weeks before being discarded, “what a waste”.  Read More →

The Ramsey Forest Project

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Creating the island’s first forest by expanding and linking the glens, plantations and woodlands between Ramsey and Sulby.

The aim is not to cover the landscape in dense woodland, but to increase the woodland cover from 20% to 30% over the next 30 years.  Read More →

Loosing our Larch (Phytophthora Ramorum)

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Ballaugh Plantation

A disease that affects larch trees is continuing to ravage the island’s forestry, with about 50 hectares of trees felled and sweet chestnut, beech trees and garden shrubbery plants also affected.  Read More →