The trees lining Grange Lane trees have been treated to remove the ivy that has invaded the landscape over the past few years.
Like all plants, they look good in the right setting and habitat. Ivy can look splendid in its full glory but like grass it can either part of a cherished pristine lawn – or where it has grown a few inches away in a border it becomes a wretched weed that need instant eradication.
LIvy has another downside. It’s a parasite that grows into and feeds from the bark of the host tree slowly killing it. This assiduous growth has engulfed many of the trees that line Grange lane, but its removal, as the saying goes, is a right pain. Luckily a contractor who has the right attitude and the odd machete managed to stem the ongoing growth of the ivy. The treatment involved cutting the ivy growth near ground level, and the application of a poison to the “root” part of the “plant.” The ivy which has grown up the trees will eventually die away, but will still remain on the trees for some time yet until nature has taken its full course.The trees can breath again and continue to flourish and provide the enviable canopy through the village.
The cost of the project was paid from the balance of funds remaining in the now closed “Events Committee” budget. The next part of the exercise is to look at the trees in and alongside the playing field to determine whether they would benefit from the same treatment, using more funds from the same source.