October 10th, 2015 by Guernsey Trees for Life
Guernsey’s second Tree & Woodcraft Fair will be held at Les Cotils, St Peter Port from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 10 October 2015.
Guernsey Tree For Life organiser Richard Loyd said “our first Tree Fair, at Fairfield, Castel in October 2011, was hugely successful and we hope to have another sunny day for our 2015 Fair.”
“The programme includes all things tree-related from advice on planting, pruning and maintaining trees to demonstrations from local tree surgeons and skilled local woodcrafters,” said Andy McCutcheon, Secretary of Guernsey Trees For Life.
June 24th, 2015 by Guernsey Trees for Life
On Thursday 25 June 2015 members of The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees (GMOTT) at their AGM will decide whether to change the charity’s name to ‘Guernsey Trees for Life’.
The original “Men of the Trees” was the brainchild of Richard St Barbe Baker who in 1922 set up a tree nursery in Kenya and founded an organization with the Kikuyu people to carry out managed reforestation in the region, using native species.
In the regional dialect, the local society was called “Watu wa Miti” literally “Men of the Trees”.
This formed the foundation stone for what was to become an international organization with the aim of reforesting areas of the world denuded of their trees. Continue reading
June 11th, 2015 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards
The local quarrying and construction business won the award for the environmental initiatives it has implemented at its Les Vardes quarry in the parish of St Sampson.
Michelle Arundale, HR and PR Executive at Insurance Corporation, and chair of the Conservation Awards judging panel, said that awarding the top prize of £2,000 to Ronez Ltd was a unanimous decision.
“The judges were greatly impressed by their commitment to maintaining a Biodiversity Action Plan and their passion for delivering it,” she said.
“They have planted 7000 trees and have installed numerous nesting boxes to encourage barn owls, kestrels and peregrine falcons.”
Many staff members are involved with the project to enhance the environment at their industrial site.
“Harvey’s project has merit because the planting will benefit insect life as well as the public,” Michelle Arundale said.
“The path that has been built is not well-known but it is charming and we hope the planting will attract more people to visit the area,” she said.
This was the 25th Anniversary of the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards so it was decided to give an additional ‘Manpower’ Award, which was won by the charity Edible Guernsey.
A large team of workers from Insurance Corporation will spend a day helping Edible Guernsey develop their Bee Alley.
The judges were very impressed with their Edible Farm situated on a three vergee site at the former Sandpiper Vinery in St Pierre du Bois.
The charity will provide greater food security and sustainability on the island by increasing the diversity and abundance of local produce.
The winner of this year’s Peter Walpole People’s Choice award, which was voted for on the insurance Corporation website, was Harvey Adams whose Little Trees Project gained the most votes. He won £500 to help fund the initiative.
Judges also viewed a number of other projects including a scheme from Queux Patio Plants to highlight and counter the over-planting of allergenic wind-pollinated trees in urban areas by supplying female plants such as Coprosma sp.
Conservation Awards judges also viewed a new cliff path to Saints Bay in St Martins, and a Floral St Peter Port project to install a flower basket watering system in the retail area of St Peter Port.
The youngest entrant was eight year-old Enzo Crowson who won a special ‘Young Conservationist of the Year’ award for his excellent bug hotel in his parents’ front garden.
Enzo has also entered in previous years with his elder brother Jenson and the judges were delighted to see his use of recycled products and his continued commitment to such an important environmental cause.
June 10th, 2015 by La Société Guernesiaise
Many islanders will remember the wonderful sight and sound of the skylarks that were once widespread in Guernsey. However, apart from the odd visitor, they are no longer found on the island. The area around Port Soif was well-known for these ground-nesting birds, but none has bred there for about eight years. Continue reading
April 30th, 2015 by Insurance Corporation
Conservations and ecologists are invited to enter the 2015 Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards to highlight work they are doing in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
The awards now in their 25th year have raised the profile of many island conservation projects performed by schools, environmental groups, businesses and private landowners.
Pat Wisher from the 2014 winners, Living Streets Guernsey, said the group entered the conservation awards to highlight its Baubigny Schools enhancement programme which aims to provide an outside learning area for St Sampson High School and Le Murier School. Continue reading
April 7th, 2014 by Appleby
March 25th, 2014 by Richard Lord
You are invited to a Tree Care Army morning at the Sigma Wood at St Germain, Castel beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday 29 March 2014.
Please wear boots and gloves and if possible bring garden tools such as a spade, shovel, wheelbarrow, bucket or hoe.
Volunteers plan to complete the weeding of the new trees and place wood chip mulch around them to aid their growth and Continue reading
March 19th, 2014 by Richard Lord
The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.
On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.
March 4th, 2014 by Events
The ticket price at the door is £5 (£4 for RSPB members).
The price includes coffee or tea and biscuits.
February 25th, 2014 by States of Guernsey Environment Department
The States of Guernsey Environment Department can confirm that 86 seabirds were recorded as found on beaches around Guernsey on Saturday 22 February 2014.
The collection was undertaken to assess the degree to which species that breed around the Channel Islands might have been impacted by the storms in the Atlantic over the last month.
Twenty-eight volunteers from La Société Guernesiaise, RSPB Guernsey, GSPCA, the States of Guernsey Environment Department and several members of the public took part in the collection on Saturday afternoon.
Ornithologists Jamie and Michelle Hooper, Paul and Catherine Veron and Chris Mourant identified and recorded details of the age and condition of the birds at the Cobo collection point. Continue reading