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Tony Croft aka hamadryad

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  1. I think the Rakia is going to be your choice! and believe me, you have no idea! russian occupation made this a hard drinking clan!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. It never really stops, just a breather for composure, it was getting out of hand around here so i took a "vacation"
  5. That would re pollard 2-3 metres up if ALL growth and bud below remains, wicked tree and the kind of work I get up for
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. At least give Mr Humphries a challenge!
  9. 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
  10. yes I can imagine that but unless a beech has been reduced hard at an early part of its life 200-300 is a maximum. pollarded they may double this
  11. I have to confess I miss the good old days but for one particular bloke, the old arbtalk is dead, long live the new one I say. Yes it was you Blair you northern monkey
  12. g. resinaceum is aggresive and progresive.
  13. Given the constant recruitment of new arborists to the industry and forum it is an important and much needed re introduction in my opinion.
  14. 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.
  15. Was this confirmed as C.gallica as apposed to C. trogii? There is no obvious banding to the upper surface and appears more hirsute than gallica
  16. Nope you have Meripilus on Crateagus which is still awesome as its a new association in my experience.
  17. your absolutely right to want a swift resolution. The decline seems worse on the bankside/tension side not at all good for the prognosis
  18. lol they are top grade wine bottle stoppers!
  19. Olive ash, nope its walnut! teach me to pay more attention! one of my faves.
  20. Thats looking superb Rob, Need another country to the dealer list?
  21. Obviously been a long time but I will begin putting in some time again, especialy now I am heavily involved in the industry once more. I thought I was going to lead a quiet life but the ethers got bigger ideas! P. igniarius on Salix- I. hispidus on Sophoria (new association for me)- P. fraxinea, also on Sophoria again a new association for me.

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