Tree Wardens, friends and neighbours are out watering young trees as the hot dry weather continues. However, with 200 standard trees planted last winter and another 200 the year before, it is proving a challenge to give each enough water. Andrew Young, Plymouth Tree Partnership’s chairman said that young trees can drink any amount but 2-3 gallons every 2-3 days is a reasonable aim. “The trees’ survival depends on everyone doing a little bit to help”, he said. One simple technique is to use a garden fork to make deep holes in the ground around the edge of the nursery root ball and to dribble water into the holes. This means that precious water reaches the tree roots rather than weeds and grasses.
Tree Health Survey
Fri 09th May 2014
Tree Wardens and Tree Friends are starting to record for the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) Tree Health Survey. This national Citizen Science project aims to monitor the health of individual trees that are selected by local people. In addition, they need people to keep an eye on their selected tree (or trees) through the summer to check whether they are affected by pests or diseases. Community Scientist for the Plymouth Woodland Project Alison Smith said, 'Keeping an eye on the health of our trees is really important with new pests and diseases arriving in the UK, but with so many trees we need the public’s help to keep track of this issue, and contribute vital information to protecting Britain’s trees and the wildlife that depends on them.' More information is available at http://www.opalexplorenature.org/TreeSurvey
Favourite Tree is laid low
Mon 10th Feb 2014
The Indian Bean Tree which stood as a notable feature at the Barn Park entrance to Central Park fell victim to the violent storm on 4th February - the same storm which swept away the railway line at Dawlish. The tree is one of 30 profiled in the book "Plymouth's Favourite Trees" and was popular with local people. It will be missed for its beautifully symmetrical shape as well as the amazing white flowers and long bean pods which appeared each summer.
Fallen trees elsewhere have caused some damage but little in comparison to other problems. Most trees have stayed intact and carried on their vital work of climate repair, flood control and shelter. Plymouth Tree Partnership chairman, Andrew Young, said: "We aim to be part of the solution by choosing, planting and growing trees that will succeed for all our futures. They are still the best insurance policy."
Children have fun planting trees
Fri 10th Jan 2014
Plymouth Herald reported on the fun-packed community tree planting events that took place in Freedom Park and Tothill Park, attended by a total of almost 120 residents.
The events followed on from three afternoons of tree related art workshops with Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils of Salisbury Road School and two Friday tree planting days in which all the children from the school took part.
After busy planting sessions, visitors enjoyed refreshments whilst viewing a wonderful art exhibition of tree painting and leaf studies created by the school children.
Prizes were given for beautifully embellished paper birds, which children made to decorate a tree branch.
Resident Lucy Cumming, with children Freddie and Lucy, said: ‘We love our trees and what a fantastic way to educate the children and encourage environmental awareness. My son has so enjoyed the opportunity.’
The new trees will now help to screen the metal railway fence in Tothill Park and enhance the lower area of Freedom Park.
More spring bulbs at the Family Tree Site
Fri 22nd Nov 2013
Plymouth Tree Partnership and Buglife, the charity ‘saving the small things that run the planet’, have teamed up to plant over 2000 crocuses, bluebells and primroses at the Family Tree Site. The work will take place on Saturday, 30th November and everyone is invited to help. Come at 10:00 a.m. and bring a spade if you can.
The new flowers will provide a wonderful splash of spring colour in Central Park. They will be planted under the trees and in the newly created broad glades of the Family Tree Site. Rupert Goddard, Buglife’s Project Officer for ‘Plymouth's Buzzing!’, said: ‘The flowers and the trees together will provide food for insects and ultimately all living things – including us!’
New trees are delivered
Thu 17th Oct 2013
There has a big delivery of new trees for planting this autumn. Two lorries brought 190 young trees from Barcham’s Nursery to Plymouth City Council’s depot and staff are busy sorting them ready for projects at 23 different sites across the city. They include parks, streets and schools.
Plymouth Tree Partnership is liaising with local people at each location so that they can care for the trees until they are established. Volunteer Tree Wardens lead that important work with jobs that include adjusting tree ties, ensuring trees are kept safe from strimmer damage, formative pruning and watering in dry periods in summer.
The new trees have been purchased with funding grants from the Big Tree Plant, Western Power Distribution, the Big Greenspace Challenge and individual donations.
Ash dieback disease
Fri 06th Sep 2013
Sharp-eyed tree wardens spotted two possible cases of ash dieback disease and these have now been reported to the Forestry Commission for further investigation. If you spot an ash tree that appears to be losing its leaves please go to the Forestry Commission website (www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara) and check the Symptoms video, Symptoms guide and Guide to recognising ash trees there. If you’re not sure, just let us know using the contact form.
Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea (C. fraxinea). The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and usually leads to tree death.
Elm tree avenue restoration in sight
Wed 27th Feb 2013
A business plan for the restoration of the elm tree avenue in Central Park has been written and it is hoped that a start to the project can be made soon, with grants from Big Greenspace Challenge and others.
The avenue was first planted in the early 1930s, and contained 100 smooth-leaved elms. Over the years many of these trees have died, often from Dutch Elm Disease. Other species have been introduced to the avenue and there are many gaps. The project aims to plant new smooth-leaved elms to return the avenue to its magnificent original condition.
After extensive research, it has been found that the only suitable way to replace the missing trees is to propagate from existing stock. A number of methods can be used for this, but all take considerable time to produce enough trees that are large enough for planting. So the project is quite a long-term one, and it is unlikely that planting will take place before winter 2019.