Steve was out yesterday carrying out his regular tree safety inspection, and flagged up a dead tree close to the path with a worrying lean on it. Definitely one to bring down before it came down of its own accord.
So out came the chainsaw, and off we went with the help of volunteers Alan and David to keep the path temporarily closed. Many thanks to David Alston for doubling up as the all-action photographer whilst diligently keeping an eye on the path for approaching walkers!
It came down with quite a thud, but it’s always good to see it down in a controlled and safe manner, rather than leaving it to chance and the environment. Mother Nature can sometimes be cruel when left to her own devices.
Boot lace fungus is actually the mycelial network of Honey Fungus- the fruiting bodies often seen growing out of dying trunks.
Many species of fungi are parasitic, and in terms of woodland ecology they are often seen as natural foresters. In the rainforests of South America, for example, they serve a crucial role in opening up sections of forest, allowing light to penetrate, and regrowth of the understorey to become established.