If we lose them, we can’t hug them….and that should be the least of our worries! Plant trees!
Back in April I wrote a blog about the possibility of losing our Oak trees to Acute Oak Decline. Last week The Woodland Trust blogged about the impact of losing 12 million Ash trees to Ash Dieback.
Then there’s Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner, London Planes suffering from Massaria disease, various Phytopthora pathogens and Red band needle blight attacking our conifers…the list goes on. When you factor in the pressures from climate change, pollution and urban development (such as the HS2 rail link destroying Ancient Woodlands) you get the picture – we are losing trees rapidly.
In June, the Forestry Commission released it’s latest woodland cover statistics in their document “Woodland Area, Planting and Restocking”. England has just 10% tree cover – that’s one of the lowest percentages in the whole of Europe!
But there is something we can all do to help….plant a tree, or, if you’ve got the space, plant a load of trees!
If you’ve ever taken a close look at any of our vehicles, our staff, our headed notepaper or even this website, you may have noticed the logo of the Arboricultural Association…
But do you know what it signifies?
Do you know what it means if your Tree Surgeon isn’t Arb Approved?
How does a Contractor become approved by the Arb Association?
Tree Heritage had their reassessment recently and have been approved, again.
Read on and we’ll tell you all about it!…
Without wishing to alarm anyone – did you know that we are being invaded by an alien plant and that it could very well be in your garden?!
This is the perfect time of year to spot it and you need to be vigilant, this is one you can’t turn your back on and hope it will go away…it won’t. And the amateur gardeners methods of digging, strimming or simply ‘thrashing’ it could turn your horticultural problem into an ongoing nightmare!!Read More›
The English Oak (Quercus robur) is one of the most recognisable trees in England – as a child, I was encouraged to collect it’s leaves and draw them (such an iconic shape) and the acorn cups were obviously hats discarded by fairies! There’s so many of them that they seem to fill our landscape, they are one of the richest habitats with individual trees supporting countless birds and insects and, best of all, they seem to live forever, or at least for a very, very long time. And yet… they’re under attack?!Read More›
Last week was gloriously warm, this morning we were scraping ice off the windscreen again?!
Due to one of us having a birthday last week, we took a gamble, decided to go camping and booked the week after Easter off work. We couldn’t have timed it better – the week before Easter had seen some strong gales and quite a few people phoning us because branches had come down out of trees. In fact the week before that, there had been hail and a definite requirement for central heating!Read More›
The Easter weekend is upon us and hopefully the weather is good enough to allow us all to get out in the garden?!
Here are a few small jobs that can be done in between cups of tea, but will make a noticable difference once you’ve finished (and celebrated with Easter eggs, Simnel cake and/or chocolate biscuits!)Read More›
Today is World Poetry Day –
it’s also International Day of Forests and the Tree
It’s full on springtime, you must be able to see a tree from your window, I couldn’t help but think of grumpy old Philip Larkin today – his poem is so apt:
…sometimes we go to the most exciting of places!
Because we are Arboricultural Consultants rather than just a team of Tree Surgeons, a lot of our time is spent looking at trees; identifying them, assessing them, measuring them, and quite often, stepping back and appreciating them – not a bad way to spend the day?
However, there are many different reasons for having your tree or trees surveyed: