Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:59
Both trees had been hacked about by previous owners - when we came here we had a good firm of tree surgeons come in and lift and lighten the crowns as the hacking about had caused a lot of bushy growth - that would've been late October 2011 - they said that the one on the right as we view them from the house was pretty healthy, but the one on the left wasn't as good - he said possibly because the neighbours' garages are built over half of it's root area. It's the one on the left that has the branches with the die-back on now. I suppose it could be the result of a dry summer, but I think that may be wishful thinking.
Perhaps we'll wait and see what happens next year ... if we do have to take action I don't want to wait until branches have crashed onto next doors' garages or greenhouses.
Also we'll have to think about possible replacements - there won't be anything that'll reach the size of the ashes - they're much taller than the house - well, not in a reasonable time anyway - but at least we can plant something that the goldfinches, tits and and woodpeckers will feel at home in before too long.