Ash Trees in Ireland, National Tree Week

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Ash trees, Fuinseog or Fraxinus excelsior Ash trees, Fuinseog or Fraxinus excelsior

For all you dendrophiles, Sunday 21st of March 2021 sees the start of National Tree Week here in Ireland.

So here is an image of one of the most iconic of Ireland's native trees. the ash.

Ash is the most common tree found in Irish hedgerows, it grows tall to around 40 metres and its bark becomes fissured with age. It has a pale wood that is most famously used to make hurleys (sticks) for the Irish game of hurling. If you have good quality wooden handled gardening equipment, the handles might also be made from ash timber.

Ash trees can live for up to 400 years but in recent times with the arrival of an asian fungal infection, the trees have been suffering from a disease called ash dieback.

Ash dieback will ultimately lead to the death of affected trees and most, but not all, will become diseased. Ireland's agriculture and food development authority, Teagasc, is working on the development of ash tree gene banks as some individual trees appear to be naturally resistant to ash dieback.

More to come here on Panoramic Ireland this week on one of the landscape photographer's favourite subjects - trees.

Last modified on Sunday, 21 March 2021 01:52
Darren McLoughlin

International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

https://darrenmcloughlin.com

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