Interesting how the ash dieback disease has suddenly bought forth a lot of comments on the value of modern tree planting schemes. I always thought that planting trees – any trees and anywhere was good. Good for the climate, good for wildlife and good for the environment. Well it appears I was wrong.
In a well written piece in the Guardian, Andy Byfield puts forward his views on what he terms heavy-handed tree planting.
Reading the piece makes you sad when you think that over 90% of our 80 million Ash trees may be killed by the disease. It is also fascinating to learn just how prolific the Ash tree is and how it can repopulate forest areas so easily.
These thoughts are not new. In an article published in 2005 similar arguments were put forward about tree plantations, suggesting that they should use native species and promote biodiversity.