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Bulley tree lost to Honey Fungus

Bulley TreeThere are a few trees that still survive at Ness from the time Arthur Bulley built his family home and set about creating Ness Gardens. Sadly, one of these has recently had to be felled. The large sycamore, was over 100 years old and was growing at the top edge of the Pingo, part of a line of trees that marked the southern edge of Bulley's original garden.

It had been declining for many years, and started to lose branches as it became more rotten. It has more recently showed obvious signs of Honey Fungus, Armillaria mellea, with the distinctive bootlace fungus visible beneath the rotten bark. Although the tree has had its branches removed, the large stump will remain in place to provide a valuable deadwood habitat for wildlife.

In Britain over 2000 species of fungi and invertebrate depend on deadwood, many of which depend on the large dead logs and tree stumps found in old parklands.

 

22 November 2013