Dead tree to provide new habitat

Spot the tree surgeon

Over the last couple of days local tree surgeons have been felling a large beech tree outside the walled garden. This tree had been suffering from a fungal disease and had been regularly surveyed over the last five years; despite some surgery last year the tree’s condition had failed to improve so as a safety measure it had to be felled.

Unlike English oaks, beech trees generally do not respond well to surgery.

A monolith has been left and this standing deadwood will provide a habitat for many insects, fungi and other wildlife. Many of these decaying stumps can be seen around the park.

The area around the tree will be used to extend our collection of magnolias.

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