What began as a bad week for tree-lovers has continued with further sad news in Broughton today.
Yesterday, work on the new Picardy Place gyratory was preceded by felling of the trees outside St Mary’s RC Cathedral. They were chopped in advance of the bird-nesting season.
Today came news that a mature ash on Mansfield Place shows evidence of fruiting bodies of Armillaria (Honey Fungus).
Remember HAL in Arthur C. Clark’s 2001: A Space Odyssey?
The sentient Heuristically programmed Algorithmic computer began to malfunction in mid-mission.
Artificially conscious, HAL knew he risked being disconnected, so not unreasonably turned against his astronaut masters with fatal consequences.
Something similar may be happening in Regent Place, where a tree has grown too large for the garden and is beginning to cause structural damage.
MISTAKEN IDENTITY AND MISSED OPPORTUNITIES?
Essential Edinburgh have been granted permission to remove a Japanese cherry from St Andrew Square Gardens (Ref. 17/04090/TCO).
Their reason for taking it down is that it’s ‘in decline’, and they undertake to replace it with another of the same species.
Efforts by local residents to protect a substantial old lime tree on Northumberland Street North West Lane (Breaking news, 8.9.13) are gathering pace with distribution of a new campaign pack.
This sets out additional background details, relevant guidance and contact details for those committed to preserving the popular New Town landmark.