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Kretzschmaria deusta

Subject: Kretzschmaria deusta
From: Peter Wharton
Date: May 09 2018 15:23:05
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Good afternoon collective,

Just looking for some opinion. We have just had a couple of consultants go 
through the PTI training and assessment, fortunately for them they passed so 
no P45 printing being done here!

I have had a couple of issues with the training and now received the tree 
assessment results report from the assessor. The tree assessed was a lime 
with Kretzschmaria deusta. In my personal view there are plenty of ways to 
manage trees with this particular decay fungi and it could be target led. The 
comments on the assessment is that felling is the only option, a reduction is 
incorrect management, and that a priority of 12 months for the work is to 
long, as the tree will have failed by then, apparently that’s a definite. 
Personally I have not read the literature that states this type of management 
is correct in all cases. I can only go on experience of managing trees and 
particularly limes with Kretzschmaria deusta, where they have been reduced 
and managed for 10 years.

When an assessors comments are “the tree will fail within a year”, this is 
pretty definitive, however with limited evidence. I do wonder how that 
opinion is concluded given there is no knowledge of the extent of decay, its 
speed of progress etc etc.

So the question is, is it recognised that trees with Kretzschmaria deusta 
must be removed very quickly or can they be managed, and actually felling is 
not the only recommendation? If it is the latter answer, why are we through 
the PTI training is this the recommendation.

Cheers

Pete

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