Do you remember the ash trees of yesteryear?

A few generations ago a feature of England was its great elm trees; they provided wood for people’s furniture, even for coffins, shelter for animals and beauty in the countryside, but Dutch Elm disease turned groves of elm into very rare things. memories reside in ash; you look up to the tree that looks down on you. Today in Britain we face losing or decimating another one of our traditional species of tree – the Ash tree. Continue reading

The woodlands that are under threat and why this is important

England was once virtually covered in trees, mainly hardwood trees like the oak and the elm. There were once large forests, like that at Sherwood, where Robin Hood became famous, that were almost impenetrable. Now Sherwood is a sad series of truncated pieces of woodland. The mighty oaks were felled to build a navies, and to make way for the intrusion of humans who now inhabit cities and towns and farms where once were trees. There are still woodlands in England which provide us with biodiversity and the benefits of trees and forests, which I have written about quite a lot in recent posts. Continue reading