I'm upset to see that the Council is hard-pruning the beautiful trees along the north end of Ealing Road today, at the beginning of Spring, just as the leaves are starting to show. I asked one of the workmen why such a hard prune now and, rather aggressively, he told me to ask the Council and said what did I know about trees. I said I knew they shouldn't generally be hard pruned in the Spring, as the sap is rising, birds need their nesting spaces (including twigs and leaves to make those nests), insects start to appear and the tree starts to recover from winter. He dismissed my comments and asked if I was an expert. I was rather taken aback by his aggression but suppose he gets asked the questions regularly.I've emailed the Council and our Councillor for the policy on such hard pruning in Spring. It's just so depressing to see it being done now. These trees won't recover this year. It will be 2 years before the branches have regrown to a good length to provide the kind of support our wildlife needs.
Cathy Jones ● 11d10 Comments
I read in Scotland where they planted pines so close together that the ground rarely saw light they had to thin them out. The trees concerned were only for wood.
Nicholas Beard ● 4d
One thing that has come about with HS2 is the pledge to at least plant far more trees than are lost and to plant indigenous trees and species that are being felled.Young trees are as vulnerable as any young plant. Then theres the climate.Trees reveal a far more accurate record of local climate than the current wave of media bite hysteria. Long periods of hotter, wetter, drier, and cooler are revealed over quite protected periods. Established trees of certain species are quite adaptable and endure long term changes. It's how our landscapes are formed and slowly reformed.Problem is a lot of this is ancient and semi ancient woodland and it will take hundreds of years to get to the degree of maturity that is being removed in a matter of days.Other problem is who pays for Woodsmen ( the trad word) These ancient woods were tended for hundreds of years too. (Not to be confused with modern Forestry management for wood production.) They are just as important as disease and traditional methods are why we still have what little remains.
Raymond Havelock ● 4d
Thanks for your post Raymond. I myself know little about trees, unlike yourself. I have read a lot about the trees that are being planted in connection with HS2 and it is negative but I dont know. Thanks again.
Nicholas Beard ● 4d
Trees require a degree of care varying on their location.It's been lacking for decades, and again, differing policies and schools of thought come into play on how that care is applied.A lot has gone out of the window, look closer and it's more to do with cost saving and minimising labour.Lot's of woodland was coppiced. Coppicing is now sidelined to an oldie worldie craft skill, except it every effective form of woodland management. Urban trees require a lot more looking after and the easy option is to get rid of those that are big or vigorous and plant smaller easy to replace and maintain varieties. And of course root control as so much stuff is crammed under roads and footways.And then there's the problems with disease. Fungi and the invasive nature of non indigenous varieties and insects is a constant challenge. So messing with mature and healthy trees or those which only need a bit of TLC to retain and remain is most important.
Raymond Havelock ● 5d
Today's news. A review of our woods and native trees found only 7% are in good condition. How will this impact our ability to tackle climate change I wonder? This info was from the woodland trust. Boston Manor park trees come too mind !!
Nicholas Beard ● 5d
I have a photo of a pollarded lime tree with just one branch at the top unpollarded because there is a nest sitting at the top. There are birds which return to their nests year after year. Yes there is a period when trees and hedges should not be cut back by law if it hasn't been repealed.
Philippa Bond ● 7d
Here's the RSPB advice on tree / hedging works. "Our advice to anyone considering tree or hedgerow management is that any work should be avoided between March and August."https://www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/tree-and-hedge-removal/
Jo Francis ● 11d
There is actually cut off date for tree pruning to protect bird nesting periods.It's around April but not sure exactly when.
Raymond Havelock ● 11d