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David Humphries

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About David Humphries

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    Site Moderator, Raffle Sponsor 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Birthday 16/07/1969

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    Suffolk & London
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    Family, veteran trees & biodiversity
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    Trees Management Officer at the City of London's North London Open Spaces
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  1. David Humphries

    Atlas Cedar fungi

    P. schweinitzii is an annual fruitbody, your example is the end of its maturation. It has developed, sporulated and then desiccated. Next year it ‘may’ develop a new fruitbody.
  2. David Humphries

    Atlas Cedar fungi

    Desiccated fruitbody of Phaeolus schweinitzii
  3. David Humphries

    Tis the season to see Fungi, fa la la la la....

    Few saprobes at work from the last couple of days. Lepista nuda - the Wood Blewit, Fomitopsis betulina - the birch polypore, Schizophyllum commune - the split gill, Clitocybe nebularis - the clouded funnel.
  4. David Humphries

    Wellingtonia felled by idiots!

    1842 surely?
  5. David Humphries

    Perennial target & other Cankers

  6. David Humphries

    Dog damage to trees

    Think we may have a Werewolf at large at work, not entirely sure I want to meet it face to face !
  7. David Humphries

    Tis the season to see Fungi, fa la la la la....

    Thanks for the article Always going to be prized as a target that one. The two fruiting sites where I work are relatively closely guarded secrets and not out in the open so should stay free from foraging. Especially as one of them is 10m up trunk on a cavity 😄
  8. David Humphries

    Tis the season to see Fungi, fa la la la la....

    Where from?
  9. David Humphries

    Ident help

    Gymnopus (Collybia) fusipes can often be found on oak, sweet chestnut, beech , hornbeam and other species, but not personally seen it associating with Acacia. For me, these have the look of either Gymnopilus junonius or Pholiota squarossa (with the squamules washed off) But as Jules has intimated, images of the gills, stem and/or spore print would help us.
  10. David Humphries

    Veteran Tree Management

    Have you looked at the Vetcert standards? The training material and programs are still in development but looking like it will be available next from year. https://vetcert.eu/standards-certificates Yeah that’s a nice example that beech, G. australe is pretty rife below and above the graft but it’s hanging in there. We have plans to reduce the sail. Did you peel off from the walk at the end and go and find it afterwards? Bit too far off from the route of the walk to include on the day, there was a lot to pack in.
  11. David Humphries

    Tree time

    A different Ulmus 'New Horizon' that was posted earlier in this thread. This one (planted in 2004) nearly succumbed to the drought conditions in 2006 (and compaction) So we perforated the soil, watered it regularly, mulched, and it eventually picked up vitality. Looks pretty good now.
  12. David Humphries

    Perennial target & other Cankers

    4 years on and the local LA have removed this cherry posted earlier in this thread. Although the outer canker was seemingly not eating away at a particularly fast rate the actual vitality of the tree was in significant decline. Hopefully will be replanted in the next round of replanting.
  13. David Humphries

    Tis the season to see Fungi, fa la la la la....

    Thanks . Does this mean the tree is diseased or anything ? Or that's just where they like to live lol There will be some volume of dysfunctional wood around the root collar/buttress interface.
  14. David Humphries

    Tis the season to see Fungi, fa la la la la....

    Pholiota squarrosa, the shaggy scaly cap
  15. David Humphries

    Tis the season to see Fungi, fa la la la la....

    Hi David, thanks for that. I hoped I was right. Are they harmful to trees, saw some on a sycamore with significant surrounding features/targets as well. Jan. Saprophytic species feeding on dysfunctional and dead wood volumes, in this case possibly an area of a root girdle, or dead stem section or dead roots. Perhaps worth considering excavating around the fruit body site to find out what's happening.


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