Posted: 02/11/2015 at 12:22
no idea what the bugs are, but the leaves will be dropping around now so perhaps a good idea to collect them up and recyle both leaves and bugs in your green waste bin - unless you're a bonfire person!
Black elder grows into a substantial tree, around 2 metres high, and magnificent when into full flower. I think I would let it grow a bit before I started hacking it about....others might have better advice? I pruned back the bits that were hitting me in the face as it is quite near my washing line, but I now wish I had curtailed it's growth when it was a bit smaller.