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Thursday 6 June 2019 11.14pm
My suggestion to cut them down was of course tongue-in-cheek, but a gradual replacement with various others might be good for the local wildlife. A bit more variety, like.

I had heard that they were particularly robust in the polluted streets but that detail is interesting tone. Outside the months of May / June I quite like the look of them but that fluff... not sure if it's worth it.
Friday 7 June 2019 10.09am
OK Pete , here are some native trees for you to think about .

Wild Service tree( not an easy one to grow but..read on)
Elder tree
Blackthorn
Wild Dog Rose

An old story goes that the original name for the autumn Wild Service berry was dreamed up by the Romans and called 'cervesa' meaning 'beer'in Latin and this berry was used to flavour beer ( the word service very similar to cervesa )

The elder tree has the autumn elderberry and with the sloe berry from the blackthorn fortified by a healthy slug of gin gets you sloe/elderberry - gin

The rose hip slung in at the end provides the healthy 5 -a-day element

Mix the whole brew together with sugar a bit of water and more gin ,heat up over a medium heat until simmering , let it cool down and what have you got ..yeah..moonshine.

Bottle it up for the winter

Start drinking it the moment that the Plane tree causes you problems and you will be totally immune from your condition either by the brew's medicinal power or more likely by its moonshine effect

Either way its a win-win. You are cured and the Plane tree can survive

Baldrick never dreamed up such a cunning plan as this one

Regards,tone
Saturday 8 June 2019 10.56pm
Tone if you get chesty coughs,colds..make elderberry Rob, wash them pop into saucepan add heaped spoonful sugar. Heat with very low light.dont Rush..bottle,sip when you need. Or good old e.lderflower cordial...

Be a bit careful if you cook rose hips, they must be strained as the little hairs inside....wonder if Delrosa for babies is still sold! Lol
Wednesday 12 June 2019 12.19pm
tone wrote:
OK Pete , here are some native trees for you to think about .
Wild Service tree( not an easy one to grow but..read on)
Elder tree
Blackthorn
Wild Dog Rose

An old story goes that the original name for the autumn Wild Service berry was dreamed up by the Romans and called 'cervesa' meaning 'beer'in Latin and this berry was used to flavour beer ( the word service very similar to cervesa )

The elder tree has the autumn elderberry and with the sloe berry from the blackthorn fortified by a healthy slug of gin gets you sloe/elderberry - gin

The rose hip slung in at the end provides the healthy 5 -a-day element

Mix the whole brew together with sugar a bit of water and more gin ,heat up over a medium heat until simmering , let it cool down and what have you got ..yeah..moonshine.

Bottle it up for the winter

Start drinking it the moment that the Plane tree causes you problems and you will be totally immune from your condition either by the brew's medicinal power or more likely by its moonshine effect

Either way its a win-win. You are cured and the Plane tree can survive

Baldrick never dreamed up such a cunning plan as this one

Regards,tone

Thanks for this tone, most informative! I'd never heard of the Wild Service tree, looks rather nice and favours clay soil so could be a winner.
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