Recently we were on holiday in Italy, in Puglia – it’s the ‘heel’ of Italy, and it was fascinating to see the ancient olive trees that grow there. The trunks bend and twist and an inventive mind could see images of people and animals within their gnarled stems. And when we mention that the trees Continue Reading →
Everybody can agree that Britain’s ancient listed buildings and monuments deserve protection but what of our veteran trees and woodlands? At the moment there is no formal legislation in place for their safety but after years of campaigning a new government initiative to reform the housing market does include a new provision that ancient trees should Continue Reading →
Enjoyed watching logging carried out by these lovely cobs today, how it used to be done. It’s good to see them still being used today.
Dynamite and Trees We have been blowing up trees with dynamite this week – got to be the way forward! This is at Hatfield Forest with the National Trust on a Veteranisation Course.
The birch tree, sometimes known as a “pioneer species”. It is one of the first species to colonize areas of undisturbed land. It is fast growing and loves sunlight, tolerant of cold weather and harsh climates. However, like the one in the photo they are quick to turn up their toes. I visited this tree Continue Reading →
Fallen tree extracted from a pond, we used tracked machinery to help with the very wet conditions.
This is another pathogen in a long list waiting to invade our shores and the risk is such that The London Tree Officers Association has issued a biosecurity position statement. Will Brexit mean that we can take more control of our imports and stipulate our own requirements for imported plants/trees, wood products etc, more in Continue Reading →
It is now four years since the first cases of ash dieback or Chalara really hit the headlines and ousted P.ramorum in larch as public tree enemy number one. So let’s just rewind and give a plotted history of Chalara fraxinea and its arrival in the UK. Infected ash had been found widely across mainland Europe Continue Reading →
An Unusual Audience Here’s an unusual audience for you. When you’re hard at work, suddenly you can get an interested party watching you. This one though was a particularly welcome.