You will not have failed to notice that we had to have 5 trees felled during the summer. These were along the path to the top gate, so they were mainly large, well established trees, over 60 years old. Sadly, our latest tree survey identified several ash trees that had something called ash dieback. This is a fungus that blocks the water transportation system of trees, and kills them off from within. Infected trees are cut down as most will die, and in an attempt to stop the fungus spreading.
It’s thought that we are going to lose around 80% of our ash trees in the UK due to this fungus. This is going to have a devastating impact on the landscape and the biodiversity of our woodlands, as well as a major loss in connections between habitats as we lose hedges and individual trees outside of woods.