A Week on the Estate: Mulching, Test-Driving & Bumblebees
Storm Dennis followed hot on the heels of Storm Ciara this week, but the estate mercifully escaped significant disruption and continued its hard work towards springtime and the brighter, sustainable future beyond.
Last autumn, we were sadly obliged to fell young ash trees stricken by the fungal infection known as Chalara or Ash Dieback. As finer weather approaches, we’re planning for new life. This week, we mulched the sites of ash-felling in preparation for new tree-planting in a few weeks’ time.
Since the alarm was sounded in the South-East in 2012, Chalara’s wind-borne fungal spores have been slowly spreading across the UK. The Woodland Trust estimates that over time, 95% of UK ash trees will die at a cost to the rural economy of £15 billion. We’ll work hard to mitigate the loss and bring our woodlands back to their former glory.