Just like people trees can suffer from stress and diseases. Whilst some of these conditions are a part of nature more often than not they are caused by human hands. Poor tree care, pollution and understanding often lead to weakened trees which eventually lead to the death of the tree. We usually see the end result when the land owner has to step in and fell the tree. But the real question is why did the tree get into such a poor / unsafe condition? This is applicable to all land owners - public and private. If we take better care of our trees they will last longer and it will be a lot cheaper than felling. It is important that any signs of stress, decay fungi or diseases or reported to the land owner so treatment can begin. Prevention is better than cure as in the eyes of the council the cure for a 'tree at risk' is felling.
Below is a list of any stressed or diseased trees that I am aware of in Exeter. Please feel free to comment on the Blog.
Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) - Cowick barton playing fields (June 2020). This is a medium sized and well established Sycamore tree. However, it is is a state of serious decline - particularly the crown. Whilst other nearby Sycamore trees are in full leave there are only a handful of twigs with leaves showing. The ECC Tree team have been notified and they were already aware of this tree. It is likely to be felled and replaced later on in the year. Please use the Blog if you would like to comment about this tree.
Common walnut (Juglans regia) along the river Exe at Exe Bridges (Jan 2020). This is a very young tree and is newly planted. Sadly it is in a poor way - Coral spot has taken hold. Due to the current condition - it is not likely to improve so a replacement tree is probably the solution here. Have something to say about this tree? Please use the Blog.
Lawson Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) at the Exwick Cemetery (Dec 2019). The tree is in decline due to suspected water logging of the roots. There is a blocked drain and the excess water is pouring into the ground of the Lawson cypress tree. There is another Lawson cypress next to it which is in good health but is in a more elevated position. Have something to say about this tree? Please use the Blog.