Herbert Collins Estates Ltd has recently had a tree survey by an arboricultural consultant. This covered all the land in the Conservation Area for which it owns the freehold and not leased to anyone else. The result has been reassuring as trees which appeared healthy to us have passed inspection. As we know, a number of cherry trees in Ethelburt Avenue are on their last legs and this is reflected in the report. Our two ash trees have ash dieback, Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, but only one of them is recommended to be felled. The HCERA Trees Committee will be taking forward the recommended work.

Please water the young trees in this very hot and dry weather. It would also help if the soil around the tree was loosened with a fork, so the water does not just run off.

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