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Down boy

Subject: Down boy
From: Justin Hobbs
Date: Dec 17 2008 14:24:00

This may have been a previous topic so apologies if so.

Recent(ish) plantings (14/16's up to 20's) in a park in sunny Gloucester have 
been subjected to what appears to be dogs biting / gnawing the main stems. We 
have started caging these trees in metal tree guards but the culprit(s) have 
now moved onto bigger trees: limes of approx girth 50 - 60cms +

Bigger cages are an option but expense, etc. CCTV is poor but being looked 
at. It is well used park with a keeper but he's seen nothing so possibly the 
attacks are happening at night.

Any recommendations for liquids / oils / gels / sprays etc that could put 
lassie off (or down) would be great. Or other novel solutions? (unfortunately 
I think stems smeared in chilli sauce would be counter-productive by 
attracting drunk weekend kebab eaters)


Justin Hobbs 
Tree Officer (Planning)

Gloucester City Council   T  01452 XXXXXX
Herbert Warehouse         F  01452 XXXXXX
The Docks                     E
Gloucester GL1 2EQ


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