Category Archives: ash

Ash Dieback is here!

I’ve been a bit busy, or slack, so this is the first post in a while.

A few sad sights in the woodland with quite a few young ash trees, including coppice stools, affected by and succumbing to ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea). Here’s the evidence. I hope some of the very old coppiced ash trees, which must be a few hundred years old, don’t die.

On a better note, I managed to catch a dragonfly sunbathing on an oak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wind blown

The recent strong winds have brought down some dead wood, some of it quite large.  As can be seen in the photo of the fence under a large branch some clearing up and repairs will be necessary when we brave the wind and rain.  We are also just about to start coppicing and even have a “customer” for some of the coppice spars to make mink traps, it will be interesting to see the results.

Repairs necessary

Repairs necessary

Cankered ash – not Chalara dieback (yet)

We are busy felling some ash for firewood for our wood-burning stove to be used winter 2013 / 14.  Cutting wood in advance is important, it would be silly to run out of dry firewood with trees to hand.  The trees we are choosing are those which are cankered, a common condition with ash, probably PSEUDOMONAS SYRINGAE.  Some people say to leave some in place as a haven for different forms of wildlife.   Shown below is the cross-section of a cankered trunk and a standing trunk.

Cross-section of cankered trunk

Canker on standing tree