Weathering the weather…

With the unpredictable weather we’ve had so far this year, with a combination of warmth and wet weather, it has been a good growing season and the trees are establishing well. Of course, the unseasonably strong winds we’ve been having of late could be a problem and cause damage, but the good news is that … Read more

Summer Maintenance

Throughout the summer months the dry weather (IF we get any!) will mean that young trees need watering to become well-established and thrive. For some trees its also a time to feed them to ensure they take up sufficient nutrients to grow and ensure that they leaf out next spring. Weeding around the base and … Read more

Westover Gardens Trees Battered

Last night (9th June 2021) our local air ambulance landed at Westover Gardens right next to our trees!  The whirling chopper blades blew them all for six of course, and the nearest (and tallest), which is a Nettle Tree – took the full force.  Today we pulled it back upright and re-tied it to its … Read more

Assistant Arborist – Urban Forester

Thanet Urban Forest Fixed Term Contract  to end December 2021 – 16 hours a week variable days, occasional weekends Thanet Urban Forest has a vacancy for a part-time Assistant Arborist to assist with the maintenance and planting of new trees across public parks and open spaces in Thanet. Previous practical experience and knowledge of trees … Read more

What’s in a name…

Scientific names may look complicated, or even unnecessary until you know why they have come about. In truth, its all because in different places even in a single country, and obviously in different countries, something will have lots of different names. Scientific ‘nomenclature’ was created (By Swedish scientist Carl von Linné [1707-1778] – confusingly known … Read more

Tasks for May…

Watering “Its a bit like painting the Forth Road Bridge,” says Operations Director Peter Hasted (pictures right), “…in the season, once we’ve finished watering all the trees we’ve planted, we go back to the beginning and start again!”

NOW Margate

The Sunken Gardens at Westbrook will take centre stage in the Margate Now 2021 festival this autumn. Anna Colin will be the festival’s guest curator of a contemporary art programme informed by ecology, botany and community from September 25-October 10. The event will be the eighth edition of the annual festival of contemporary art, music, … Read more

Vandalism

It’s always sad when trees are damaged by the very people who will benefit most by our plantings… young people. We hope their parents see this post and explain to them how badly the planet needs more trees.   The vandalised Tillia cordata and a Populus tremula in Tivoli Park where cleaned up on Friday … Read more

Blossom Day

As lockdown began to ease so Spring sprang up, cold but bright and sunning heralding the wonderful blossoms of fruit trees. Blossom day, celebrated in Japan, is catching on across the world!