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Chaddesley Woods Ash Trees

As you will be aware if you have taken a walk in the woods recently there has been some forestry work going on and some notable trees have been felled. Let   me   explain   the   reasons.   The   trees   are   all   Ash   which   are   showing   the   first   signs   of   ash   die   back   disease   - Chalara   Hymenoscyphuis   fraxineus),   a   wind   born   fungal   disease   which   spread   to   this   country   from   the   continent starting in eastern Europe in 2006. The   first   signs   are   that   young   twig   growth   withers   during   the   summer   and   there   are   other   diagnostic   symptoms on   twigs   and   leaves   themselves.   It   spreads   rapidly   and   from   first   signs   to   death   of   tree,   even   large   ones   can   be as   little   as   2   years.   I   have   personally   seen   this   in   Suffolk   where   the   disease   presented   itself   before   arriving   here in   the   west.   There   appear   to   be   no    control   measures   that   can   be   taken   against   the   disease   except   felling   and burning.   Research   is   going   on   by   the   forestry   commission   to   see   if   there   could   be   some   genetic   variation   but although work is on going, it will not save the infected trees around the country. One   of   the   effects   is   that   the   wood   and   branches   become   very   brittle   as   they   die   which   creates   a   problem   as   far as   safety   is   concerned   especially   near   roads   and   public   footpaths   as   the   branches   can   suddenly   break   off   without warning. This   brings   me   back   to   the   beginning   as   to   why   you   see   that   we   have   felled   some   large   trees   near   paths.   Trees within   the   wood   out   of   harms   way   we   shall   leave   for   now   because   as   they   die   they   can   stand   for   a   while   creating habitat for birds and insects, so please keep to marked footpaths and please be aware of potential hazards. If while walking in the wider countryside you see affected trees or any with possible symptoms please report them to “The Animal and Plant Health Agency” website. Mervyn Needham (Volunteer Warden)

BROCKENCOTE W I

Meets Every 3rd Wednesday, at Chaddesley Village Hall 2.00pm 16th January: Making A Chelsea Garden - Adrian Robinson 21st February: Physiotherapist Fay “Exercise Through Life” Visitors and New Members are very welcome Secretary: Kay Palmer 01299 825486

Chaddesley Corbett WI

Next Meeting The   next   meeting   will   be   held   on   Wednesday   2nd   January which   will   take   the   form   of   an   informal   social   evening   when certain   members   will   regale   us   with   interesting   stories   and anecdotes followed by refreshments. Guests Guests    and    new    members    can    be    guaranteed    a    warm welcome   to   our   monthly   meetings   which   take   place   on   the first   Wednesday   of   each   month   at   7.30   pm   in   the   Village   Hall. There is a varied programme of speakers planned for 2019. See website for further details or contact Drene Baker, President: 01299 250778

GARDENING CLUB

Our next Meeting will be held on Wednesday January 9th - 7:30 for 8:00 pm - where local historian Ray Sturdy will be presenting `The Rise and Fall of Whitley Court`. Again, what promises to be another slightly different evening. Once a Stately Home large enough to be called a Palace. As a reminder, our meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall, 7.30 for 8.00 pm.