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Tree Guardian
December 2016
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Welcome to the last edition of Tree Guardian for 2016.
With National Tree Week over for another year, we would like to say a huge thank you to all our Tree Wardens who took part in the festival and helped to make it a tremendous success. The week had the theme of Changing Views, to reflect how planting trees can change people's views in different ways, and which will continue for the rest of the 2016-2017 community action programme.
In this issue, we announce the winners of the Devon Hedge Tree Competition, share some of our favourite tree books with you, and bring you details of awards, funding schemes and websites that you may find useful. 
As ever, if you have any news you would like to share with us, please let us know by sending an email to info@treecouncil.org.uk We'll be in touch again in 2017 so until then, from all of us at The Tree Council: Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year!
Leaf icon National Tree Week 2016 roundup
National Tree Week is over and what a week it has been! Events, ranging from tree planting to tree walks and tree talks – many of which were assisted by grants from The Tree Council – were held up and down the country all week long. For a snapshot of some of the highlights, follow the link below. 
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Leaf icon Celebrating Devon's hedge tree heroes
Well done to the Glenn, Della and John Bealey from Week Farm near Great Torrington for winning first prize in the Devon Hedge Tree Competition. Sponsored by The Tree Council, the contest helped to raise awareness of the importance of hedgerows and hedge trees in the landscape. 
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Leaf icon Reading List: Our top books for Tree Wardens
At The Tree Council we are often asked for our recommendations of useful tree reference books and other tree guides. So, with Christmas on its way, we have put together a reading list of our top 12 books on tree identification, ecology, growing and care. We hope you find it useful. 
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RFS EXCELLENCE IN FORESTRY AWARDS 2017
Calling all Tree Wardens involved in the care of woodlands in Eastern England and the Midlands: The RFS is searching for examples of inspirational woodland management and education projects across the regions for the RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards 2017.
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DEFRA LAUNCHES PLANT HEALTH PORTAL
Defra has launched an online Plant Health Portal to help improve access to plant health data. Tree Wardens and others involved in the care of trees will be able to use the website to find and share vital information on tree pests and diseases.
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TESCO BAGS OF HELP TO BENEFIT 1000S MORE GROUPS
Thousands more community and volunteer groups are set to benefit from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative. As of December 2016, Tesco customers will now vote for their favourite community projects every month, instead of every nine months, giving Tree Wardens more opportunities to apply for grants to improve their local patches. 
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SAFETY FIRST: NEW TREE RISK MANAGEMENT WEBSITE
Resources on tree risk management and safety are now available in one place thanks to the launch of a new website from the National Tree Safety Group. The website includes advice, guidance and links for anyone involved in the care and management of trees. 
Arrow icon  VISIT WEBSITE
PLYMOUTH COMMUNITY ORCHARD NETWORK LAUNCHES
The Plymouth and Tamar Valley Community Orchard Network has launched. The group aims to map all the community orchards in the region and ensure that they become key features in the local landscape, cared for by communities with the skills to manage them. To find out more, email: plymouthcommunityorchards@gmail.com
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