Posted: 22/10/2015 at 18:36
We have two mature ash trees at the end of the garden - although the seeds can be a bit of a pain the seedlings are easily identified and pulled up/hoed out/mowed off. The leaves are very little trouble and the crowns are light and airy and don't shade the garden as much as an oak or a beech would do. They do dry the soil out a bit - but that can be an advantage in some areas. One of ours is poorly and will be felled later this year - we're really sad about it. They're a wonderful wildlife resource, birds, insects and woodmice love them.
Ash trees also figure large in Viking/Saxon folklore and therefore in the history of a large part of the UK - your neighbours have no soul ............ but you know that already.
By the way, property owners are being asked not to fell healthy ash trees as they may be resistant to the Ash Dieback disease and could help the scientists at the John Innes Institute to develop a resistant strain of the native British ash - ash trees are the third most numerous tree in the UK, and if we lose them the whole nature and appearance of the countryside will change