Trees

Heart-rot & Hollowing

Heart-rot & Hollowing

Decay is sometimes thought of as bad for the tree.  However, decay of the wood at the heart of the trunk, which eventually causes hollowing, is called ‘heart-rot’, and this can be beneficial for the tree, releasing nutrients for growth.  It provides important habitats for fungi, invertebrates and vertebrates, and may enhance the longevity of…

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The right tree, in the right place

Trees are great, and we need to be planting more.  However, too often, what we plant doesn’t produce the long-lasting specimen trees we wish for: trees die, get too big, or have limited impact.  Part of the problem is that we often don’t plant trees suited to their setting.  This is the principle of Right…

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A tale of two trees

A tale of two trees

Storm Arwen caused chaos across the country, with many trees being blown over. An oak tree, dating back to the 1650s, was avalued feature at Belmont Haywood Country Park  

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