As a tree surgeon, it’s important that you familiarise yourself with each individual tree type that you may encounter. Knowing the different species, where you’re likely to encounter them, the benefits they have to their surroundings, the risks involved with cutting them down and they’re vulnerabilities, is vital to be a competent, informed tree surgeon.

Of course, it’s not essential for the general public to know this information but if you have an interest in nature, wildlife and the trees that can be found here in the UK, we thought it would be fun to give you a brief overview of one of the most popular trees that can be found here.

Ash Trees

ash tree

These can live for up to 400 years and reach a height of 35m. Key features include black buds and seed clusters. In Viking mythology, Ash trees were seen as the tree of life and in Britain it’s seen as a healing tree. A number of different wildlife species use ash trees as homes so they’re incredibly important for British wildlife. Birds such as bullfinches, woodpeckers and owls feed and nest within ash trees, as well as insects such as caterpillars and moths.

We use ash timber as it is one of the toughest hardwoods which make it handy for told such as shovels or spades. Because it is also beautiful to look at, ash timber is used frequently in furniture. The main threat to ash trees is a particular fungus which causes a disease called Chalara dieback of ash. This horrible disease causes the tree to lose its leaves and for its crown to die back.

For more information about types of trees or to enquire about hiring a tree surgeon in Manchester, contact us at Ashley tree Services today.