Let­ter of the week Trees in cri­sis

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IN our pre­dom­i­nantly ur­ban­cen­tric coun­try, killing badgers to con­trol TB stirs up emo­tions, whereas the dire threats our na­tive trees face is hardly news. Oak, ash and horse ch­est­nut are un­der huge threat and larch has al­ready been cleared. Our biose­cu­rity is lam­en­ta­ble, which is why we have ash dieback and the oak pro­ces­sion­ary moth at­tack­ing our trees. Friends in Canada are dis­traught at the spread of the emer­ald ash borer (Town & Coun­try, Oc­to­ber 26) and, al­though it is pos­si­ble to treat it, the cost is very high. No doubt the same will hap­pen here and, in Devon, 20%–30% of our trees are ash. Politi­cians need to wake up to the dis­as­ter on our doorstep. Plant­ing rates are well be­low what the Govern­ment pledged and, as we marvel at the au­tumn leaves, we must ask if our chil­dren will do so in years to come. Christo­pher D. For­rest, Devon

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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