We recently published an article about the removal of ivy from the trees on Grange Lane. (Read article)
This has caused a bit of controversy with a resident of Burghwallis who wrote at some length (see comments on original article) to assert that ivy does not kill trees, providing instead a beneficial habitat for wild life.
The Parish Council stands by its original decision to remove the ivy, the contractor involved being paid from the residual funds following the closing down of the Events Committee. The Lane now stands proud with the individual trees lining the road resplendent in their full natural glory, as the individual specimens that they are, rather than a vertical structure draped in a dense green cloak of ivy.
There will inevitably be some discussion on the pros and cons of ivy. The Council has followed the advice given by Gardening Know How as detailed below:
Gardening Know How:
Q. Removing ivy from trees.
A. A particularly tricky thing to do is to remove ivy from trees. Many people wonder if ivy will damage trees. The answer is yes, eventually. Ivy damages the bark as it climbs and will eventually overtake even a mature tree, weakening branches through its weight and preventing light from penetrating leaves. Weakened plants and trees are more susceptible to problems like pests or disease. It is best to remove the ivy from the tree and keep it away from the trunk of the tree, at least 3 to 4 feet, to prevent it from climbing the tree again.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Tips For How To Kill English Ivy https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/english-ivy/kill-english-ivy.htm