Ash die back disease (hereafter called Chalara) was first noted in Nursery Wood (planted Spring 2008) in summer 2014. Infected stems were cut out, new leaders encouraged, and a program of pruning all ash trees up to 2 metres was established (see details in an earlier blog). This management seemed to be working well, previously […]
The damage that grey squirrels can do to young trees has been widely documented and the different methods of control (principally shooting and trapping) have also been discussed. My observations in a small mixed woodland point to a silvicultural solution to the problems of squirrel damage to young trees. Nursery Wood was planted in 2008 […]
Ash trees are a natural part of the British flora and Chalara is a naturally occurring fungal disease. It is difficult to see why man should be getting involved, particularly as the native Ash population seems so well equipped to deal with the problem by itself.
For many years new woodlands in Britain have been planted as a crop. An assessment is made to determine the most suitable species of tree to plant with regard to the soil type, climate and likely return from the mature timber. Usually just one species was planted to simplify management of the crop; after all […]