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This website supports the consultancy business based in North Wales and which operates throughout the United Kingdom providing a wide range of arboricultural services including: home buyers tree reports, tree condition reports, development site surveys and reports, woodland assessment and management plans and general advice relating to trees.

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Friday, 11 November 2011

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Pests & Diseases: Meripilus giganteus

During autumn many fungi produce their fruit, bearing spores, in order to reproduce. The fruit portion of a fungi presents itself as a mushroom or bracket and can be of an annual or perennial form.

This is the annual fruiting body of the principle decay fungi Meripilus giganteus, The Giant Polypore.

As discussed in Tree Biology - Defects, Signs and Symptoms  fungus can live on dead wood and live wood. This particular fungus feeds on the live wood of tree roots. It is strongly associated with Beech trees, Fagus sylvatica, but has also been found on other broadleaves such as Oak and London plane, and on the conifer Monkey puzzle, Araucaria araucana.

In addition to the ability to degrade live wood or dead wood, fungi create different types of rot, degrading different cellular components such as cellulose and lignin. In the next post we will discuss the different types of rot and their significance.

The nature of the rot that this fungus produces, and the part of the tree that it degrades, makes this a fungus of significance and I was very sorry to find it growing at the base of a beautiful and mature Beech tree at a school a few weeks ago. I will keep you posted on the fate of the tree.

Tree Management: Which Path to Take?

I currently lecture in arboriculture at a local college and teach to consultancy level.

More specifically the course provides the students with all of the relevant CS Units as awarded by NPTC (National Proficiency Tests Council) to be able to work as a contracting arborist, and actually undertake tree works such as pruning and felling, in addition to giving them extensive theoretical information to support their practical abilities or allow them to pursue a career in consultancy.

In their first year all of the students wanted to work as contractors on completion of the course and had ambitions to start up their own businesses however now they are in their second year their aspirations have changed. Studying the theoretical aspects of arboriculture has shown them the variety of roles there are within the industry and many of them are now trying to get experience with consultants, local authority tree officers and foresters.

There is such a variety of roles in arboriculture and it also bleeds into many other companion subjects such as horticulture, ecology, land management, forestry and woodland management, and education.

In fact I am currently doing business management with the first year students and we have been exploring the many business opportunities available with regard to trees, and wood as a product, and it seems in some ways it has never been a better time for our industry.

We are planting more woodlands, utilising more woodland, producing more timber within our own country to support our needs and diversifying into new and old methods of woodland management and timber production. Additionally the education sector has identified the value of outdoor learning and forest schools are being set up nationwide. It is a very exciting time and good to think that in July next year 30 newly qualified arborists from our college alone are going to take their enthusiasm and wonderful ideas into the industry.


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