Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Beech infected with Meripilus Giganteus

Giant Polypore, Meripilus giganteus

Aswell as structural damage (loss of co-leader) some years ago this Beech tree had been infected by Giant Polypore, Meripilus giganteus.

This parasitic fungi can cause extensive internal damage before any external evidence of presence can be seen. It infects and grows on the roots and the trunk base of the host broadleaf, particularly Beech. Infection occurs via wounded or damaged tissue, the fungi establishes on deadwood before attacking the tree's living tissue. The first evidence of infection can be crown dieback or defoliation (as in this case). Bracket like fruiting bodies are produced in late summer or autumn at the base of the stem or from the ground immediately above any infected roots. 

With this tree an infection had been confirmed by the presence of fruiting bodies late last summer and felling was considered a requirement as the tree is located in a public access area and as decay progresses the tree weakens and the root anchorage fails. 

Stem girth at 1.5m was 4.52m

Posted by James on 05/02 at 02:24 PM
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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

News for the New Year

All the best for 2013

Best wishes to everyone for the New Year from all at Treesurv.

It looks set to be a busy year with the planting work now well under way at the Corehead project and plenty of tree management work to fit in a long the way.
We had a busy time over the Christmas period with a native planting project at Fruid Farm, Tweedsmuir. This work involved Cleuch planting to re-establish habitat for Black Grouse, The interesting thing in doing this is that it is in a valley that connects up to the native planting we are undertaking at Lochan Burn, this also having the objective of providing habitat for Black Grouse. Further to this both sites are not too far away from the already established Carrifran Wildwood Project making the wider area in general something special.

Sunday the 6th Jan we are going to be having a get together at the Bothy in Lochan Burn for a drink and nibbles to welcome the New Year and toast the final phase of the planting work at Corehead. All are welcome and the plan is to meet at the Bothy for between 12 and 1pm. 

Over the next week we are going to be sending all of our clients a 2013 calendar but if you don’t receive one please don’t hesitate to contact us and we would be more than happy to send one to you.

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Thursday, November 08, 2012


The latest upgrade to our off-road ability.

When you go to the places we have to go you need one of these!!!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Ash Dieback Disease

Help identify the spread of the disease.

Too little too late? That is the question. Have the Powers That Be been a bit slow off the mark to do something about the spread of this disease? The Chalara Fraxinea Fungus appears to be spreading throughout the South of England. The BBC reports that 100,000 trees have now been destroyed to try and prevent the spread of the disease; they also report that 90% of the Ash population of Denmark has been killed by this disease! As clearly this would not have just happened over night, why were measures not put in place long before now to prevent the spread of the disease to the UK?.

We all need to help monitor the local Ash population for signs of this disease. A mobile App has been launched to try and map the spread of the disease. The Ashtag App allows the user to upload pictures and report possible sightings. This information is then passed onto the Forestry Commission. 

For more info on what to look for, check out

Let's all keep our eyes open for this one!

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