At the Gunpowder Mills meeting, in an informative talk by the GBC Countryside Warden, village attendees heard more about the devastation caused by the airborne fungus attacking ash trees in the UK.
The disease shows itself in lesions in the bark of the tree, a slow dying back from the end of the leaves leaving the extreme branches dead and exposed, and the potential for limbs to crack without warning as the disease progresses towards the core of the tree.
Following a survey of the site, GBC have concluded that the Gunpowder Mills area seems to have been particularly badly hit. It has undertaken a risk assessment of each tree, and, where the diseased trees pose a potential risk to the public, they will be removed, or reduced in size.
We were advised that contractors will be in the Gunpowder Mills in December; Visitors can expect some paths to be temporarily closed while dangerous trees are removed.
GBC stress that this exercise is in line with the Council’s duty of care to the public; all landowners have this responsibility.