It is sad when a tree is removed - whether it's a small street tree or a mighty tree in the countryside. We should be mindful of when a tree is felled and ask the question "why?" More often than not trees are felled due to 'Health and safety' concerns for the public. If our trees are well cared for and maintained properly - then they are likely to live a long and healthy life. Poor care and understanding often leads to weaker trees which then ultimately leads to them being felled before they reach an older age. So the next time you notice a felled tree please let me know and if possible ask the landowner for more details. We need to look after our trees!
Below is a list of any felled trees that I am aware of in Exeter. Please feel free to comment on the Blog.
TREES FELLED (UNKNOWN DATE)
Decayed trunk - Possibly a Montery Pine (based on the what is left of the trunk and is within the car park of Alphington Road Retail Park). There is a small amount of fruiting bodies of decay fungi on the trunk. Given it was next to a pavement with high foot fall and a busy road - it is almost certain it was felled due to Health & Safety. Have something to say about this tree? Please use the Blog.
Sorbus - Possilby a Whitebeam (based on the what is left of the trunk and is near Hatherleigh Road in St Thomas). No obvious signs of fungal decay but as it was near a pavement it was likely felled due to Health & Safety. Have something to say about this tree? Please use the Blog.
Elm (based on what is left on the trunk and bark within the St Thomas pleasure grounds. Unsure of when this tree was felled - but if it was an Elm tree it was likely felled due to Dutch elm disease. Have something to say about this tree? Please use the Blog.
TREES FELLED IN 2020
London plane tree (Platanus x hispanica) along Exhibition Way in Pinhoe (Janurary 2020). A good sized London plane tree was felled to make way for the new cycle path. Seems ridiculous to fell a perfectly healthy tree for a cycle path. Have something to say about this tree? Please use the Blog.
TREES FELLED IN 2019
Felled Narrow leaved ash (Fraxinus angustifolia) along Cowick Street of St Thomas (Dec 2019). This is one of two Narrow leaved ash trees in the small green area in front of the flats along Cowick street. Have something to say about this tree? Please use the Blog.
Purple leaf plum (Prunus cerasifera Nigra) at Exwick cemetery (Dec 2019). This was a pair of Purple leaf plum trees which formed an archway. Due to decay fungi weakening the structure of the tree it was felled. Unsure of the exact date but it was around October to December. Have something to say about this tree? Please use the Blog.