Ash Dieback – My 2015 Observations

Media talk of Ash dieback has seemed quieter in the past twelve months, but the problem hasn’t slipped away. On the ground, Ash Dieback (now identified as the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) is moving. It has specific concentrations in Kent and East Anglia, but 2015 saw a significant increase in positive identifications across England, Scotland & Read more »


Beautiful Blossom

Prunus Pink Perfection: This is such a gorgeous flowering cherry. Profuse deep-pink buds opening to candyfloss-pink frilly, double flowers in drooping clusters in spring. It’s a perfect tree for a small garden and has the added bonus of having excellent autumn foliage as well, with foliage turning vibrant red and orange. It you like a Read more »


Woodland Creation Grant 2016 – Now Open For Applications

The Woodland Creation Grant application window is now open, with the deadline for submissions being the 31st of March 2016. Targeting water quality concerns, flood mitigation and biodiversity benefits, the grant is the most generous we have seen, with a maximum level of support on offer of £6800 per hectare. Applications tackling the water issues Read more »


Horses and Sycamore Seeds – Atypical Myopathy

I read a few sad cases in the press last year of horses dying following ingestion of Sycamore seeds, which led to an understandable run of enquiries from concerned clients. With a life threatening condition such as this, you need to know and understand the causes, symptoms and means of prevention, to keep the risk Read more »


The Perfect Trees For Small Gardens

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’: At the moment, my absolute favourite tree is Cercis Forest Pansy. This small tree is beautiful throughout spring, summer and autumn. It has delicate pink flowers that emerge on bare branches in the spring, just before the leaves start to appear. The leaves themselves open as tiny red hearts that transform Read more »