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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Speaking about George Drive’s most sacred little Ainsdale woodland…

The elms of George Drive wood and their amazing resistance to disease has been an issue that I have mentioned before and one that was recently highlighted on the Save our Woods Facebook page. 

Above: elms and other species are abundant in George Drive woods. 

I believe that genetic engineering has been tried to increase the resistance of the English elms (in various areas) to the ravages of Dutch elm disease. 

When I was felling infected elms of various types in the 1970s the Council’s answer was to axe almost every elm in sight. 

Above: felling elms for the Council around Formby in the 1970s

Above: felling in Birkdale, 1970s.

Many lovely tree-lined streets in Southport and Formby etc saw our gang in action with axes swinging and chain saws gunning up every day of the week. It was so sad. Some of us who were ‘cursed’ with the capacity to actually ‘care’ about the poor trees grew to hate the elm bark beetles that were spreading this appalling infection.

Another lovely tree bites the dust in the 1970's elm tree blitz. 

Later on, a few of the chaps from university arrived and tried to inoculate some elms with various chemicals in a bid to save them. Other pockets of elms surprisingly survived and this was I think frequently due to the trees being more isolated from the disease. This latter point may indeed be what has happened at George Drive, as the trees herein seem surprisingly good and healthy. 

Mother Nature does also have the wisdom to keep a few hardier species alive. This ensures a natural defence mechanism against total extinction.

I have in fact noted before that we DO need to protect the elms as they had such a terrible time over the years. Yes, there are various species of trees in the woods and all play a vital part in the ecology of the area and beyond. In woodlands even dead trees are essential. 

Have you ever heard the woodpeckers that need dead trees? We get them in the larger woods that I planted behind Sandbrook Road (1970s) and that is very close to George Drive. 

A sensitive approach to the special arboriculture of these woods is essential Nevertheless, what I know from vast experience of the Council’s somewhat draconian ways is that such vital eco-consideration is usually lacking. 

Sefton Council and One Vision Housing should be protecting the wonderful old elms - not seeking to destroy them! 

The destruction of such native woodlands is bureaucratic insanity and an evil crime against our sacred, natural landscape. 

The Conservation Foundation is attempting to unlock the mystery of why some trees survived Dutch elm disease which wiped out over 25 million elms in the UK. Check them here…

Sefton Council give this email address for contact, should anyone wish to comment on the ecologically destructive proposals:

Alternatively you can write to them at the following address:

Planning Services,
Sefton Council,
Magdalen House,
30 Trinity Road,
Bootle, L20 3NJ.


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