Everywhere we turn these days there seems to be some other threat or another to our native trees. We see this more and more through our tree surgery activities when we are called in to remove dangerous or dying trees.
As well as ash dieback, which could wipe out virtually all the country’s beloved native ash trees, there are at least another five imported diseases and pests now afflicting Scottish trees. A further ten, which could pose future dangers, have been detected in England and Wales.
Five times more tree diseases and pests were reported between 2000 and 2009, than in the 1990s or 1980s. Experts blame the large increase on the expanding international market involving billions of plants, and say diseases are aided by the warmer, wetter weather caused by climate pollution.
So be vigilant when you are walking in the woods or in your local parks, and report anything unusual to your local council’s arborist.
What to look for: