Category: Trees

Felling the Big Fella Part II

The Reading of the Rings Wet sawdust on top of the stump obscured the annual rings and the final sawcuts had come from several directions. A scrub with a stiff hand-brush made things a lot clearer (below).

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Felling the Big Fella Part 1

Not necessarily ‘The bigger they come, the harder they fall’ Until a few days ago, just to the left of and in front of the old fire station were two trees, a sycamore and a very large poplar. Probably a

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Felled Beech Tree just off Harpenden Road

This young Beech tree was felled just off Harpenden Road on or around 29th July. We have been planting trees on the Heath over the winter, so it is disheartening when this happens. Do you know anything about it? –

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Ash Trees feel the strain

This large ash tree recently came down partially blocking this path to the WW2 water tank, which can just be seen in the background.  The tree broke off near the top of the roots, see inset image. Fortunately, it did

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Stumps Drawn

If you’ve walked along the narrow path between the Lower Field and the Heathlands School gate you’ll be aware of several short stumps which were a trip hazard. No more – we have now removed them.

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FoBH Tree Walk

The first Friends of Bernards Heath Tree Walk on Sunday 1st July was led by Roger Miles and as you can see from the photo attracted a group of over 20 people.

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Weather takes its toll on trees

Several trees on the Heath have succumbed to winter gales, some because of the ‘sail’ effects of ivy and the wind drag it causes, and others, including this dead hawthorn, to old age. This latter tree has fallen across the

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Guided Walk around the Heath 2017

Unfortunately, 10th September’s Guided Walk has been cancelled because of illness. You can read a guide here and see some pictures of the route here.

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Oak Processionary Moth update

We reported on the Oak Processionary Moth last year, which can defoliate trees, especially oak. As far as we know, none have been seen on the Heath and the nearest outbreak was in Watford.  Contact with these moths should be

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Storm Doris – trees suffering

This heavy branch (top photo) )was left across the track from Townsend Drive to the Ancient Briton as the result of Storm Doris. Our chainsaw was faulty, so we were reduced to muscle power and bow saws (inset).  As a

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