The Ash Tree

The Ash Tree is a new monograph from Little Toller by Oliver Rackham OBE FBA, published earlier this year. This beautifully written book landed with me a couple of months ago, if you car at all about plant health and tree mortality in the British Isles please acquire and read this book- it tells it like it is.

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The Ash Tree

by Dyffryn Fernant Garden

 

The Ash Tree is a new monograph from Little Toller by Oliver Rackham OBE FBA, published earlier this year.

This beautifully written book landed with me a couple of months ago, if you are at all concerned about plant health and tree mortality in the British Isles please acquire and read this book- it tells it like it is.

You thought you were worried about Chalara fraxinea (Ash dieback)? How about Emerald Ash Borer? Which is decimating Ash trees over the whole of the United States of America.

One of the powerful messages of this book and I quote, ‘Get real. Stop letting the anthropology of commerce overrule the practical world. Stop treating plants (and bees) as mere articles of trade like cars or tins of paint, to be made and brought in industrial quantities from anywhere.’

If we control imports we have the opportunity to control the onset of Emerald Ash Borer. This is a problem we can do something about now, but nobody is talking about it, it is currently travelling west from Russia and Eastern Europe with increasing rapidity as it is picked up on wheeled vehicles and walking boots.

Since the onset of Ash Dieback Diesease we have started a recording procedure here in the garden and surrounding landscape, so that if and when we lose our ash trees which are our diaspora, we will have information about them. These include their measurements, situation and visual impact on our environment.

We currently do not have proper plant quarantine laws in this country. I can only hope that they are put into place before the Emerald Ash Borer arrives on our shores.

-Christina

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