Re: Ash trees.
Posted by Ian M on August 28, 2022, 2:22 pm, in reply to "Ash trees."
Yup, have been noticing more and more of them looking worse off with the fungal lesions more noticeable. I remember a big noise being made about it when the threat first registered, eg: this from Monbiot: https://www.monbiot.com/2012/10/12/heart-rot/ but the slow pace of the disease - in terms of the human attention span - worked against a general understanding of what has been happening and maybe against efforts to mitigate it. Though that might be a blessing in disguise because the safety first approach of cutting them all down on first evidence of the fungus has likely prevented or slowed the development of immunity in the trees which is their only real long term hope of survival. IMHO of course... |
I planted out a self-sown ash sapling next to the hedge we layed this spring as a gesture of optimism. So far it's looking good (watered it a few times during the worst heat), just have to cross our fingers that it survives to the age of its parent tree at the other end of the hedge.
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