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Tony Croft aka hamadryad

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  1. 58 minutes ago, Joe Newton said:


    Sounds interesting Tony, what's the strength like? Wine that we buy here seems stronger than a few years ago.

    When I was in Croatia the owner of the house we used made his own red in his garage, was very light for a red and was served chilled. Really refreshing.

    Strength varies from family to family but the one family i like buying from its average strength but strength is a strange thing in pure organic wine. We can drink this stuff all night with no hangover whatsoever and without that drowsy feeling either.

     

    Often a drop of lemon is squeezed into  the glass which makes it become a very refreshing light dinner choice, wine is "different here" we have one vine but wee plant a new small vineyard in the spring with the intention of producing 200 liters per annum.


  2. Well I* live in Suhindol Bulgaria, we buy wine in 10 liter bottles, chemical sugar free for around 30 Leva (Bulgarian) Bout 12 quid! Marc bolam would need a new liver if he was out here!

     

    Great wine, totaly organic and local as a stones throw.... I know, but hate the game not the player

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  3. Bacterial wet-wood is the brown ooze, an internal cavity  of around 60% is expected in old trees and safe but getting close to the threshold of 70% decay (T/R ratios Prof Claus Mattheck) The black area over the wound could be psuedosclerotial or a tar treatment hard to say.

     

    Are you sure its sycamore? and not Acer sacharinum/negundo etc?

     

    Acers do not have heartwood by the way, ripewood yes, but not  a durable heartwood like Oaks for example


  4. whilst the tree is seriously compromised it is mostly just because of the weight and leverage on the main stem and particularly the decayed root system. The tree can be retained (no question) but it would have to be as a pollard and greatly reduced form. Limes are fantastic survivors and some of the oldest trees, often failing only to regrow. I would like to see it salvaged as apposed to felling it on a fear alone basis. 

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  5. A very nice summary of the situation Andy- matching pretty much my own conclusions using the same references. Its important as arbs we truly get to grips not only with proper identification but also the true nature of the fungi identified and also the differing rates of colonisation and decay of given tree species.

     

    Gerrit Keizer illuminates greatly on the subject with his T.S.S.E (Tree species specific ecosystem) approach but sadly no translation in English as yet.

     

    G. resinaceum is by far the most aggressive of the three, and even Oaks (Q. robur/petrea) will succumb in due course, with Q. cerris falling to its strategy far sooner due to its less resistant biology.

     

    Fortunately we have a new army of observers taking pictures and asking questions, as before tree mycology was largely neglected in arboriculture, interesting times ahead no doubt some surprises for all those that didnt listen in the early days when a few of us tried to say that some of these fungi have significant impacts.

     

    Get your self down to Whippendell woods andy! Also Rickmansworth aquadrome

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  6. looks like both species to me, and very extensive decay.

     

    If this trees already had a history of failure and now cleary shows very extensive stem rot there is little to do but the obvious. This beech tree is cleary about to finish its life cycle, but lets not forgetthe other life cycles within that continue or even begin once the tree actualy dies or dies as a result of the failure.

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