The heatwave is over and the golf course is looking parched, but reasonably good. After even just a couple of days of rain, it seems to show signs of greening up again. Most of the trees have shown little sign of stress, but heavy rain and high wind may reveal the weaker branches. The volunteers have been undertaking summer maintenance, clearing brambles and nettles and ‘raising the heads’ of the younger trees so that it is easier to walk underneath.
There is good news about Batchwood Hall. Over the summer months some much-need maintenance and refurbishment has been going on and the outside is looking much better. The ridiculously overgrown ivy has been stripped away from the windows and their surrounds, window frames have been repaired and painted, blocked downpipes cleared, so that any water goes down the pipes and not the wall, and brickwork generally cleaned and made good. The fire escapes are now looking safe and well-lit. At a recent resident’s meeting, the management said that the club would be closing for at least six weeks after Christmas for internal refurbishment, and in the meantime there would be a focus on attracting a more mature clientele and management of patrons leaving the club at closing time. Let’s hope this will lead less antisocial behaviour.
At the AGM in May, Kate Bretherton mentioned that there would be a training day at Verulamium for those wanting to know how to record significant trees using the Treezilla website. We now know that this will be centred on Verulamium Museum and Park on Thursday 13th September from 5pm to 7pm. Meet at the entrance to the museum at 5pm. There will be a short walk around the park to record a couple of trees, followed by a session at the Museum on how to upload data onto the website at: https://www.treezilla.org/treezilla/map/?z=12/51.7734/-0.3245
The map – known as The Treezilla – will become a useful resource for students, ecologists, town planners and others seeking information about the area. Recording trees in our District is vital to monitoring their health, recognising their ecological and cultural importance, and understanding their ecosystem and landscape value. Recording trees via Treezilla is intended to help quantify the benefits trees bring to society, including producing oxygen, absorbing air pollution and improving water qualtity, and thus ascribe a financial value to trees.
Alex Laurie MCIEEM, who is Landscape & Arboriculture Assistant at St Albans City & District Council, has told Kate it would be great to see as many of you there on the evening, also if you know anyone who you think would be getting involved in the project or other tree wardening activities. Please let Kate know if you are interested [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Apologies for the different appearance of this post. A few technical problems with the website at the moment. We hope to sort these out soon.