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1 minute ago, David Humphries said:

If you do see Pete this week, could you share this image with him, I spoke briefly with him about how the foresters in the Basque cover their fresh (pollard) cuts with moss matts. He said he hadn't heard of it before and seemed quite intrigued.

 

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Certainly. No problem.

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I'm waiting for the dieback thread to coalesce with the biomass/firewood thread - surely in a few years there is going to be tons of ash felled all over the country which could drive the wholesale price down again?

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10 minutes ago, Dan Maynard said:

I'm waiting for the dieback thread to coalesce with the biomass/firewood thread - surely in a few years there is going to be tons of ash felled all over the country which could drive the wholesale price down again?

It's already happening Dan bar the dropping price. Over the last year, most of what we able to get is ash. Prior to this ash has been as rare as hens teeth. Think you have to conclude many woodland owners are not waiting around to see their crops die.

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9 minutes ago, Woodworks said:

It's already happening Dan bar the dropping price. Over the last year, most of what we able to get is ash. Prior to this ash has been as rare as hens teeth. Think you have to conclude many woodland owners are not waiting around to see their crops die.

I can't see the prices dropping. Even with the deluge of ash that'll come to market, demand will always hugely outstrip supply.

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This weekend, when walking along a local canal in North Staffs I saw a lot of young and mature Ash with what I assume are signs of dieback, also two on my own land appear to have it.

 

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Dead ash everywhere around us in Mid Devon. That said, I'm up in Edinburgh at the moment and it's quite evident around here too. There is going to be a vast amount of work coming up on removals.

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This was a roadside sapling that I walked past the other day that had died suddenly and spectacularly

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Some older pics from a plantation near me. It looks green now from a distance but on closer inspection it's in very poor health.
The younger plantation is worse.
A lot of trees snapping in the wind.
Will take some pics in the coming days 20190312_115455.jpeg20190312_115806.jpeg20190312_115808.jpeg20190312_115510.jpeg

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So the Ash around here is taking a hammering . West dean , Goodwood and Cowdray  estates are felling ash with a vengeance . Its being raped .  Are there any plans in place to maybe retain any resistant looking trees ( I have seen a few ) and harvest the keys ? 

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