Monday 22 February 2016

Ash Dieback Comes to Shepherd's Bush

Ash dieback on Shepherd's Bush Green. There is no cure
Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (that's Ash Dieback to you and me) has come to Shepherd's Bush. Pity poor neglected Shepherd's Bush Green, as its mighty ash trees are turned into firewood.

The trees that line the edges of the park are London plane trees - a kind of super-hardy sycamore, a variety that seems to tolerate all the pollution we can throw at them.

But the ash trees aren't so lucky, and our benighted green will be all the poorer without them.

All that is left
What with a daily distribution of litter, the mis-treatment caused by the huge funfairs that our Council seem to be fond of (which gouge up the turf and smash the pathways), a generous helping of winos - and now ash dieback, Shepherd's Bush Green is pretty short on love and attention.

Maybe what's needed is someone to organise the Friends of Shepherd's Bush Green to fight for this corner of green space in our Borough. Any volunteers?

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  1. hi, i was wondering recently where the money that the council gets for letting the circus/funfair come to town, actually goes?
    be nice if it was ploughed back into the green....

  2. I imagine it just goes into their general funds.

  3. I notice there is yet another three week long 'ultimate' fair coming to the Green. Anyone else finding those increasingly frequent and noisy disturbances annoying? The Green hardly has any time to recover from these commercial enterprises and gets worse and worse after each visit.

  4. Yes, they are noisy and rubbish and the Green just gets worse each time. We really need a "Friends of Shepherd's Bush Green" to fight its corner - but this takes time and effort to organise.

    1. I have been in touch with the council over these issues, have had some response, but you're right, we'll need some unified group to fight our corner.

  5. Thanks to local resident Glynis Yexley who has brought to our attention a possible new treatment for Ash Dieback: Trees could be protected from the devastating ash dieback disease with the help of a natural soil treatment.