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Trees, transport and technology: The solutions to poor air quality?

Trees, transport and technology: The solutions to poor air quality?

Last Updated:  09/06/2017

An event will be held on 15 June in Manchester to mark National Clean Air Day to raise awareness about poor air quality in the region.

The lunchtime event, hosted by City of Trees and Jacobs alongside Transport for Greater Manchester will look at the problem, the impact and the solutions to improving air quality in Greater Manchester – including trees and green infrastructure.

The event form part of the first ever National Clean Air Day (NCAD) which will see local schools, hospitals and communities across UK cities run events and inspire other local residents to act for their own health and the health of local children.

The free event held in central Manchester aims to raise awareness about the issue and inspire people to take action and instigate change.

Aimed at businesses and professionals across sectors, speakers include Global Action Plan, Transport for Greater Manchester, Public Health England, British Lung Foundation, City of Trees and Jacobs.

The event forms part of a series of events held across the region to mark NCAD all led by Transport for Greater Manchester.

Matthew O’Neill, Lead Air Quality Officer, Transport for Greater Manchester comments;

“Air quality is one of the most important challenges facing Greater Manchester.

You may not see air pollution, but it can play a part in poor health, including breathing illnesses, heart disease, stroke and even some cancers. However, there are lots of things we can all do to improve air quality and help look after everyone’s health. That’s why we’ve launched Greater Manchester Clean Air Day on Thursday 15 June, part of the UK’s first ever National Clean Air Day.”

He adds; “Together we can raise awareness of air pollution as an issue and take action to tackle it.”

Air quality is frequently hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons. According to a report out from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) , every year around 40,000 deaths can be attributed to outdoor air pollution.

In Greater Manchester this is estimated to be about 2,000 deaths per year.

Poor air quality is now an urgent cause for concern on public health and has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and even to dementia.

According to the RCP, costs from exposure to air pollution add up to more than £20 billion every year for business, insurance, social services and most critically of course, the NHS.

The solutions for improving air quality presented at the event will include transport; technology and trees.

This free event will include the chance to try out a pollution specific virtual reality experience, a networking lunch and showcase area.

Pete Stringer, City of Trees comments; “Planting more trees and protecting those we already have is a key part of the solution to poor air quality.

“Well considered and planned urban trees can, according to one study by US-based The Nature Conservancy reduce particulate matter between 7% and 24%”

Another study, led by Lancaster University, explored in more detail how the leaves of road-side trees could radically cut pollution by absorbing particulates, even inside people’s homes.

Mr Stringer explains; “It’s about the right tree in the right place at the right time. Trees have a huge range of benefits beyond just improving our air quality – they create healthier, happier communities and make our towns and cities nicer places to live and work.”

He goes into say; “It’s why City of Trees wants to plant 3 million trees – one for every man, woman and child – to transform our City region for the benefit of both people and the environment”.

For information about the event and to register visit eventbrite.

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Arborist vs Landscaper – what’s the difference?

Even during the high season and the busy periods, continued professional development and reading of the latest industry news are essential to an arborist’s ability to offer top quality and professional advice and care.

Throughout the Leeds and Yorkshire and indeed in many other areas, potential consumers often find their letterboxes flooded with leaflets offering tree and garden care. Such services include (but are certainly not limited to!): lawn care services, handymen, driveway and paving services, property management companies and landscape gardeners.

Working in and around trees is a highly trained skill set; not something picked up as you go along, nor learn over a few summers. Check out our article to Avoid Rogue Trader Tree Surgeons. It takes years of training as an apprentice beneath an experienced, qualified and certified arborist to become a professional tree surgeon, and a relevant university degree often helps.

While some basic garden tasks can be achieved with little knowledge and no negative consequences, it is not wise to leave the wellbeing of your trees to an unqualified handyman. Often, you get what you pay for – but trees can be worth hundreds or thousands of Pounds. Large, well-maintained and mature trees can add a significant percentage to the value of your property, so you should not entrust the care of such valuable assets to just anyone.

ICS Tree Services are qualified and experienced team of highly skilled arborists offer cost-effective solutions for long-term management of your trees. We provide free onsite quotes for small urban gardens, large estates and anything in between.

ICS Tree Services Ltd. is a company registered in England, number 07886071. All of our tree work is fully compliant with BS 3998 (2010) and Arboricultural standards. We are fully certified and insured, with public liability insurance up to £5,000,000, and we are committed to an environmentally-friendly policy, recycling 99% of all waste created during our work.

Arborist vs Landscaper – what’s the difference?








ICS Tree Services Ltd range of professional services includes:

Tree Felling, Tree Removal, Tree Pruning, Precision Dismantling, Emergency Storm, Damage Call Out, Stump Removal and Grinding, Wood Fuel and Woodchip, Hedge, Maintenance , Consultancy, Commercial Services, Site Clearance, and Tree Planting.

For information and Free Onsite Quotes, call 0113 2320495/07782251881.

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New Bandit Chipper

New Bandit Chipper


We took delivery of our new Bandit chipper yesterday, this is our largest chipper and is capable of taking logs and trees up to 12″ in diameter! This will be use full for our site clearance projects as it means we can process the work faster with less man power.

Thanks to Global Recycling for providing the machine along with such great service.

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Tree Surgery – Safety First

Tree surgery is an extremely high-risk activity and requires comprehensive understanding and compliance with current Health & Safety legislation. A thorough knowledge of the legislation is an essential aspect of business for anyone trading as a self-employed tree surgeon as well as anyone running a tree surgery business. Tree surgeons undertake a year, and often two years, of training before they receive their certification.

The main risks face by tree surgeons are the use of dangerous equipment, falls from height, injuries from falling trees or branches, exposure to sawdust and other volatile substances that can cause respiratory problems.

Even competent and experienced tree surgeons can have accidents as shown in the recent tragic news of the death of a tree surgeon following an unpredictable accident with a chain saw while he was working at height in a tree in Bermondsey, South London.

During the last 10 years twenty four tree surgeons or arborists have been killed working on trees and nearly one thousand four hundred have suffered an injury. In recent years (in forestry and arboriculture) direct contact with a chainsaw has caused 5 deaths and many serious injuries. These do not include the high numbers of other types of accident that occur during felling, pruning and other related work.

Consequently, it is extremely inadvisable for home owners to attempt to undertake work on their own trees, even without dangerous equipment, the risk of falls can never be overstated. Chainsaws are potentially dangerous machines which can cause fatal or major injuries if not used correctly. It is essential that anyone who uses a chainsaw should have received adequate training and be proven competent to use it.

In addition, it takes experience and knowledge to understand the state of health and structure of a tree; untrained tree workers may seriously damage, weaken and disfigure trees, bearing in mind every cut is a wound.

At ICS Tree Services Ltd we offer free advice offering a range of solutions to your problem with free quotations for any work to be carried out. . So, don’t risk life and limb, call ICS Tree Services Ltd for your free site visit and quote.

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