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to be a bit fucked off about the Ash tree problem?

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thatlldopigthatlldo Sun 09-Dec-12 19:02:18

That was the one I knew!

I've confessed to this before on here, but when i was heavily pregnant with DS1 I booked DH and I on a tree identification walk in ancient woodland. The reason for this should be clear (I had panicked that we weren't ready to be parents as we didn't even know this stuff).

So we were given clipboards and guided around the woods after the initial problem of me not fitting through the kissing gate.

So after all that, 8 years later, the flipping Ash trees are on the way out and that was the one I bloody knew and the only one i remember from the day!

FYI: The children have shown no interest in my tree facts.

So am I slightly unhinged being unreasonable?

thatlldopigthatlldo Sun 09-Dec-12 19:18:46

just me then grin

ll31 Sun 09-Dec-12 19:19:56

Awful, used to make hurleys here. ..!

Startail Sun 09-Dec-12 19:20:02

It's jolly unsporting of them to drop dead.

I'm not chuffed about the absence of chaffinches from my garden. Nice obvious things to show the DDs, but there aren't any.

farandawaysheran Sun 09-Dec-12 19:21:56

I'm not fucked off, just really really sad. They are lovely trees and I can't believe there's nothing that can be done to stop them dying.

squeakytoy Sun 09-Dec-12 19:23:12

Slightly unhinged.. grin

You went on a tree identification walk when you could have got a book for starters!!

soontobeburns Sun 09-Dec-12 19:28:12

YANBU my mum works in the department that deals with the ash tree issue. Hence lots of work, stress and annoyance.

noblegiraffe Sun 09-Dec-12 19:28:46

I wouldn't be able to recognise an ash, but silver birches are easy because their trunks are silver, and weeping willows are also fairly obvious because they are so droopy. Could you replace your ash recognition with those instead?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 09-Dec-12 19:29:42

YANBU, as far as I know this has been known about for ages and the government were woefully slow in doing anything about it.

maddiemostmerry Sun 09-Dec-12 19:33:46

We took our Ash out a year ago due to fireblight. It hasn't received as much publicity as ash dieback but is a pretty severe problem.

thatlldopigthatlldo Sun 09-Dec-12 19:35:46

yes, a book, now why didn't i think of that smile

skatebauble Sun 09-Dec-12 20:35:10

The uk were importing sapling Ash years ago, when we were first warned about serious continental diseases and didnt stop the imports.
Hopefully the uk population (larger trees in partic) will have some resistance.

Has anyone considered xmas tree imports (or any other type of tree) are they checked for any disease or beetles etc? I'll bet they are not.

Floggingmolly Sun 09-Dec-12 20:36:32

They're all dying? sad

SizzleSazz Sun 09-Dec-12 20:39:53

I uprooted and threw away about 30 ash saplings when we were having our garden redone in October. I knew nothing about it then and should probably have sent them to some sanctuary blush

soontobeburns is anyone collecting healthy saplings, as no doubt we still have LOADS. They grow like weeds here......

Fakebook Sun 09-Dec-12 20:40:01

It makes me really sad. It's not just the Ash tree, the horse chestnuts (conker tree) are also dying out. This year our local park that is normally flooded with conkers had none because the trees are dying. I felt really really sad. There's no way to bring them back or make them better. sad.

MousyMouse Sun 09-Dec-12 20:40:42

floggin many are. maybe as many as the elm trees 30 years ago.
it's pretty bad. (only know one ash tree in my area).

MousyMouse Sun 09-Dec-12 20:43:53

with the chestnut trees they have had some good results with agressive management in europe. like removing and incinerating all leaves and branches straight away and using moth traps for the tree moths. but in the uk in addition to the moths there is a fungus that is currently untreatable.

Shattereddreams Sun 09-Dec-12 20:45:59

Not strictly in keeping with the thread, but is there a bug to kill off Lime trees fuck off big trees my neighbour refuses to cut back

Floggingmolly Sun 09-Dec-12 20:47:51

No it's not in keeping with the thread, Shattered. hmm

Fakebook Sun 09-Dec-12 20:48:12

That's interesting mousy, I wonder if they'll do something like that here. I didn't even realise there was a problem until this year when I took dd to the park to pick conkers in October and there were none.

Loislane78 Sun 09-Dec-12 21:15:58


But I'm annoyed because the govt knew about the problem a while ago and could have/should have stopped imports much sooner. Eeeediots

Flisspaps Sun 09-Dec-12 21:23:10

hmmYANBU. We've got a huge Ash in the garden. I don't want to lose it, it's lovely.

peaceandlovebunny Sun 09-Dec-12 23:00:23

makes me laugh (if bitterly). whilst i don't wish ash trees any harm, several of them grow in my tiny front garden and upset the neighbour, even though they are only small at the moment. he wants them cut down. but they aren't yet unhealthy so....maybe i'll keep them.... grin

peaceandlovebunny Sun 09-Dec-12 23:02:03

shattered dreams - there is all sorts of tree killer out there. some goes straight on the roots. i didn't tell you that...

WorraLorraTurkey Sun 09-Dec-12 23:03:41

I remember the first words I said to my DH after pushing DS1 out of my fanjo...

"Oh fuck, how many trees can you identify? Right, sigh better call SS and have him adopted."

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