Conkers Not Concrete – Saving the Horse Chestnut Tree at River Lawn

This is the story of how a much loved Horse Chestnut tree was saved from felling thanks to the passion of the community (Keep River Lawn Green), the open mindedness of the developer (Assura), the application of science and arboricultural practice  (Sharon Hosegood Associates) and the care of the Builder (Jenner).  Local children got involved and made this a real celebration.

Result? Where there's a will, there's a way.

Listen to Johnathan Webb and Claire Rick from Assura, and Mark Hood, tree activist and green councillor at Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and local children.

Craig Sams, co-founder of Carbon Gold Ltd, and founder of Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate

Craig was Hon. Treasurer of the Soil Association from 1990 to 2001 and was Chairman from 2001-2007. He then chaired Soil Association Certification Ltd from 2007-2009 and continue as a director.

In partnership with his wife Josephine Fairley he founded Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate in 1991, an award-winning organic and fair trade confectionery brand whose Maya Gold chocolate was the first product to carry the Fairtrade Mark.

He is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Carbon Gold Ltd, a carbon sequestration business based on the use of biochar as a soil improver. Biochar is emerging as a major tool for mitigating climate change and restoring our planet’s degraded soils.

Kent Honl, Arborologist at Rainbow Treecare Minnesota USA

Kent Honl has worked for Rainbow Company of Minnetonka, Minnesota since 1994, serving as a Technical Arborist, Consulting Arborist, and currently as Arborologist. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from St Olaf College and studied Ecological Horticulture at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Kent has been an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist since 2007, and acquired his ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification in 2016.   Kent also serves as Adjunct Faculty in Arboriculture for Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA.
Note this episode also contains potentially the worlds 1st  musical 'Rap' extract about Armillaria – it's a must listen! 

See the Rainbow Treecare Website here

Tree Lady Talks Kent Honl, Arborologist at Rainbow Treecare Minnesota USA

Kent Honl has worked for Rainbow Company of Minnetonka, Minnesota since 1994, serving as a Technical Arborist, Consulting Arborist, and currently as Arborologist. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from St Olaf College and studied Ecological Horticulture at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Kent has been an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist since 2007, and acquired his ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification in 2016.   Kent also serves as Adjunct Faculty in Arboriculture for Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA.