Approximately, 30 Poplar trees have defoliated suddenly due to honey fungus which has spread from tree to tree. Honey fungus, Armillaria, is an aggressive fungal pathogen and spreads by black rhizomorphs or bootlaces from tree to tree.
Poplar has a non-durable heartwood and immediately became a concern as they were in imminent danger of falling into the road and are liable to fall suddenly when affected by this condition, creating a potential risk to road users. Our Forestry team are carrying out emergency felling to ensure the road remains safe. The oaks and lime trees within the belt of Poplars will remain unaffected.
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