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 nocontrol 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)
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Meets Every 3rd Wednesday, at Chaddesley Village Hall 2.00pm21st February: Physiotherapist Fay“Exercise Through Life”Visitors and New Members are very welcomeSecretary: Kay Palmer 01299 825486
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Next MeetingThe next meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th Februarywhen the speaker will be from a charity called “Socks and Chocs” which helps homeless people.Everyone has been asked to bring along a pair of socks to donate.GuestsGuests 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
Our thanks to the last Speaker for the evening, Mr Ray Sturdy, who gave us quite an in-sight on `The Rise and Fall of Witley Court’, a well known estate within our area.Mr Sturdy is a big supporter of Cancer Research and contributions were made by members at the end of the talk.Members were reminded about the concert to be held on Friday 8th February,when `The Fold Theatre`will be presenting `Beside the Seaside`.Tickets are £10.00 and include a Fish and Chip supper, provided by a different supplier from last year.Tickets are also open to non members and may be obtained from Mike Griffiths on 01562 68693, or Malcolm Brewer on 01562 777530.Our next meeting on Wednesday 13th February is the A.G.M., with a glass of wine and after the meeting, there will be talk on making raised flower beds.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.