What are the signs of pests and disease that I should look out for in my trees, shrubs and hedges?

The larger pests are horses, cattle and sheep trampling the ground in which trees are rooted, and often browsing on the bark of trees, which can lead to their rapid decline. Deer might de-bark trees whilst rubbing their antlers to remove felt. Next are grey squirrels, which browse on the shoots and bark of trees, followed by birds including pigeons and parakeets browsing on buds and young shoots. There are many insects, fungi, viruses and bacteria, most of which play beneficial roles in ecosystems, but when they are introduced from abroad and find new hosts, some of these caon have devastating consequences. Some of the most recently introduced are Asian Longhorn beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) and Ash dieback disease (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus)

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) releases ebulletin following death of child from falling tree

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Following a court case where a council was heavily fined following the death of a schoolgirl who had been hit by a falling tree, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued an ebulletin entitled ’Safety of trees on school premises and playing fields’ in January 2023. Rather than setting out what it believes the legal […]

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The Historic Landscape of Poynton Park Under Threat

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This mid 18th century landscape will be changed forever if Cheshire East Council’s proposal for dam wall improvements goes ahead. Built in the mid 1700s, the dam wall embankment between Poynton Pool and the A523 London Road has, to our knowledge, never overflowed or been breached, but on the basis of a recent inspection the […]

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Top Tips: Looking after trees

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Trees on your land are your responsibility. Take a look around once in a while to check that the trees remain healthy and aren’t causing any obvious risks to neighbours or the public. If you have any doubts, call in a specialist. In spring and summer, water any newly-planted trees regularly, especially at times of […]

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Cheshire Woodlands use of Quantified Tree Risk Assessment has proved invaluable. It has helped us to retain trees that were condemned by another advisor. They have used measurable data to provide us with a valid tree risk assessment.

Caroline Wild, Taylor Wimpey

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