Experts at the University of East Anglia recently launched a new weapon in the fight against the deadly ash disease which threatens to wipe out 80 million UK trees, has seen ash imports to the UK suspended and large-scale tree felling tabled. But quick thinking environmental specialists at UEA’s Adapt Low Carbon Group have come up with a new smartphone app which will not only help monitor the spread of disease, but allow conservationists to target infected areas.
The free ‘Ashtag’ app will make it possible for anyone to take a photo of diseased leaves, shoots or bark and send it remotely to plant pathologists to identify whether or not the tree is infected. As well as collecting photographic evidence, the app also uses geo-tagging software to give a precise location of infected trees – allowing researchers and authorities to build up a picture of where the dieback is happening. This can then be used to target areas for culling to stop the spread of the disease.
Rich human and environmental heritages in constant change, and the project program, suggest the intention of man to explore other resources that the landscape offers. Recreation and leisure, observation of wildlife and flora, water cycles and agricultural activities that are taking place in this landscape, are the explicit objectives of the project. The conservation of natural and cultural values and the dynamic equilibrium of this habitat protected from disturbances that the implementation of the program could bring, is the implicit and essential goal.
It is an Ephemeral Garden with a great degree of projectile liberty and experimentation due to its transitory nature. The annual theme of the Festival was THE KAOS IN THE GARDEN. The interpretation of the theme belongs to the Fractal Geometry as tool of knowledge of the laws of the Universe.
‘Seeds of Change’ is a floating garden; the result of a collaboration between the designer Gitta Gschwendtner and the artist Maria Thereza Alves. The title ‘Seeds of Change’ stems from an ongoing ballast seed garden project from Brazillian artist Maria Thereza Alves. Between 1680 and the early 1900′s ships’ ballast – earth, stones and gravel from trade boats from all over the world used to weigh down the vessel as it docked- was offloaded into the river at Bristol. This ballast contained the seeds of plants from wherever the ship had sailed.
Shortlisted | London 2012 Olympic Parklands and Public Realm: LDA Design Consulting LLP with Hargreaves Associates, Arup and Atkins | Image Credit Flickr User interbeat Ed Webster
The Landscape Institute has announced that twenty-five projects and designs are competing for this year’s prestigious President’s Award. Now in their sixth consecutive year, the 2012 Landscape Awards will be presented by Pam Warhurst, co-founder of Incredible Edible and Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission, at a lunchtime ceremony on Thursday 29th November.