Pictures of Autumn Trees around Willersey and Saintbury Villages



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Pictures of trees in Summer from various parts of Willersey and Saintbury Villages in the Cotswolds, UK.
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Although Willersey is not large, there is an amazing variety in its landscapes, trees and buildings.

Ash tree dieback has now arrived in the Cotswolds.

Trees provide homes and food for birds and other animals. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day's supply of oxygen for four people.
Trees reduce rain water runoff. Trees reduce the effect of climate change and provide us with wood, food, cooler environments and give us medicines.
Trees provide us with many products we use in our everyday life such as rubber, wine corks, wax, dyes, chocolate and fruit. Ground up wood is used to make paper.
Sap is used to make maple syrup, chewing gum, crayons, paint, and soap. Dyes and medicines are made from the bark, while leaves and roots provide oils for cosmetics and medicines.
Some biodegradable plastics may be made from wood feedstocks rather than oil in the future.
Thank you to Terence Richardson for many of these photographs.

Jubilee tree with amazing sky


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Ash trees across the UK are dying, and fast

Trees are a key visual feature in any rural landscape, including the Cotswolds National Landscape - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Currently though, we are set to lose one type almost entirely – the ash tree. A destructive fungal disease – ash dieback – has been spreading since 2012, and it will kill most of the ash trees in the UK, including those in the Cotswolds. This is no small thing – ash trees are the third most common tree in the UK. “Ash dieback became evident in the Cotswolds last summer”, explains Mark Connelly, Land Management Officer at the Conservation Board, “There is no cure, so we are very likely to lose over 90% of ash trees in woodland, and around 70% of those outside woods, including big veteran trees and ancient pollards.”
Ash is a dominant tree in the Cotswold landscape, and in some places it provides the majority of tree cover. Ash trees provide habitat and food for 111 species of insect and mites, of which 29 are specific to ash. Bats use ash trees for foraging and hibernation, and rows of trees provide flight lines across the landscape connecting roost and foraging areas. Mature ash trees with holes and hollows provide roost sites for birds as well as homes for small mammals.
It will be crucial to maximise the benefits new trees will provide for wildlife, the landscape, and people. Replacement tree species to be planted include oak, beech, lime, field maple, and hazel.

Oak tree in Willersey field



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