Monday, 8 September 2014

Rhododendrons and Lancasters.

Phytophthora Ramorum is a fungus like pathogen that causes immense damage and death to many tree species.

In the United States, different strains of P. Ramorum have decimated native oak populations. The strains found in the UK have had negligible impact on oaks, but have badly infected many of the Japanese Larch tree plantations.

Evidence has shown that rhododendron acts as a host for P. Ramorum; the pathogen produces spores that are easily wind blown thus causing new infections.

P. Ramorum has been found in rhododendrons at a site on the A592 near St. Catherine's, National Trust. To reduce the risk of the pathogen spreading, all the rhododendrons at St. Catherine's are due to be cut down. The work started on Sunday 7th of September with tremendous help from the Cumbria National Trust Volunteers!

Cutting back and burning the Rhododendron Ponticum.

Pruning and clearing the outer branches to allow access for cutting the main stems with either bushman or chain saw.

Work well under way.


 and after.


Time out was taken to watch  2 Lancaster bombers fly over Windermere from the vantage point of Queen Adelaide Hill. 

Wonderful weather and a good turn out on this very special occasion.  

Majestic. The last 2 airworthy Lancasters flying together.

A Wonderful Tribute.

This special flight was organised by Robert Johnstone as a surprise for his father, Archie, who would have been 100 years old on this day. Archie was in the renowned Dambuster Squadron and sadly died in April this year.

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