Sunday 3 March 2019

Is the old Ash tree dying?

I was on the orchard this morning to retrieve some fence posts. I noticed the large old Ash tree has dropped another large branch. That's the third large branch the tree has shed in the space of 12 months. This branch weighed about 50 kilos, I'm glad no one was under that when it fell, and thankfully it missed all the young fruit trees.
I think the tree is about 150 years old, maybe it has started to die of old age. Over the past few autumns I've noticed some honey fungus at the base of the trunk. 

Edit 26th May 2019:

The leaves on the big Ash tree are quite slow to appear this year, well behind the other ash trees around the orchard.