Trees in Scrooby

Trees

Scrooby's trees are an important part of our landscape. There are several trees and stands which could be considered the dominant and focal parts of their locale: the pines on Mill Lane, Neale's Covert on Backwith Hill, or the mature chestnuts on the Croft.


Scots Pines, Mill Lane, Scrooby


Chestnuts: Croft

Concerns for the Mature Chestnut Trees on Scrooby's Croft

February 2010

The follwoing notice will appear in the February Star newspaper distributed to Scrooby.

Plight of the Horse Chestnut Tree on The Croft in Scrooby

Dear Resident of Scrooby

Our dear old Horse Chestnut Tree that stands on the Croft near to the Village Hall is badly diseased. It is suffering from Bleeding Canker. The Parish Council have been working with Chris O'Connor from Nottinghamshire County Council over the last twelve months to assess the disease and now make plans for the tree?s removal.

The tree will be taken down during the first week in February, before birds start to make their nests.

If the trunk proves sound enough a tall stump will be left which will eventually be cut into a sculpture, provided funds can be raised by the village. The rest of the wood will be taken to The Whinz where villagers are welcome to go and gather timber for their log piles. In order to prevent spreading the disease any tools used to cut the timber, saws, axes etc. should be sterilised after use; this is best done by wiping the blade over with Jeyes fluid or other disinfectant. It is very important that No Vehicles are taken onto the Whinz. Please park on the verge of Mill Lane while collecting wood.

Please contact Ed Marshall 01302 719811 or any member of the parish council if you have any questions.

February 2009

There is concern for the health of the chestnut trees on the Croft. They have a disease which causes 'bleeding' on their branches. Experts suggest that the disease will eventually kill the chestnuts, but that the life of the trees can be extended by careful management.

See the Scrooby Parish Council minutes for 13 October 2008 where a tree surgeon was present:

"Mark Bell (Tree Surgeon) attended the PC to discuss the concerns raised in regard to the Horse Chestnut tree located in the Croft next to the play area. He confirmed that it is infected with Phytophora. As a tree surgeon, he does not recommend removal of any large limbs as this will hasten the death of the tree as chestnuts are not good at healing large wounds. He proposed a general thinning of the tree canopy and then installation of a nylon/rubber cable brace to support the limb overhanging the playground. He thinks that the tree is not showing any signs of serious distress and it should last for another 10 or 20 years, depending on the weather. He also suggested that we plant a group of new trees now so that they will be mature when the chestnut does eventually have to be removed. He estimates that the work on the tree will be cost in the region of five hundred pounds. Mark would also sponsor the planting of a new tree on the Croft. CC to source a further quote."

More recently, Ed Marshall of Scrooby Parish Council and Ann Robbins of Scrooby Gardening Club have asked for help from Chris O'Conner Assistant Forestry Officer - Conservation - Culture & Communities - Nottinghamshire County Council. On behalf of the County Counicl, he has offered help with the chestnuts and various other trees in the village.

On the 16 August 2009, a large branch of the diseased horsechestnut tree was blown down. The branch luckily missed the play equipment in the park.

Scrooby Croft Diseased Horsechestnut Branch Blown Down
Scrooby Croft Diseased Horsechestnut Branch Blown Down

Scrooby Croft Diseased Horsechestnut Branch
Scrooby Croft Diseased Horsechestnut Branch


Ashes: Station Rd

County Council Destroy Trees on Station Road

January 2009.

The Highways Department of the Nottinghamshire County Council have removed many of the mature ash trees from Scrooby's Station Road.

The trees were removed without any warning or justification given to the Parish Council or any local person.

Tree Felling on Station Road, Scrooby
Tree Felling on Station Road, Scrooby

Anger over the destruction of the trees has been expressed to the County Council by Ed Marshall of Scrooby Parish Council and Ann Robbins of Scrooby Gardening Club.

The trees were removed ahead of ditch maintenance.

Chris O'Conner Assistant Forestry Officer - Conservation - Culture & Communities - Nottinghamshire County Council has visited Station Road with Ed and Ann, and appears to agree that the removal of the trees was not thoughtful or proportionate with the required maintenance of drainage. On behalf of the County Counicl, he has offered help with replanting.

Tree Felling on Station Road, Scrooby
Tree Felling on Station Road, Scrooby