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Sue326Sue326 Posts: 3

Our neighbour has suggested that the number of beech nuts on the ground from our beech tree (mature) is a sign that it is dying.

We live in NE England.

Does anyone have any ideas?



  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,618

    Sounds like total rubbish to me!

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,255


    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,255

    p.s. I've always wanted to type that word!

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,440

    What you have is a mast year. The tree produces a massive amount of fruit.(beech masts)

    This is turn feeds a burgeoning population of birds and rodents.

    It may have fewer next year , just a natural variation.

  • Sue326Sue326 Posts: 3

    Thank you to everyone.  

    We want to have some work done on it and the neighbour said that no tree surgeon would touch it; he intimated that it would be best to take it down.  It is about 150 years old and it's breaking my heart.

  • WaysideWayside Posts: 845

    Leave it alone and get the pigs (swine) in.

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,014

    Might your neighbour's advice be slightly biased? image

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,969

    I think you'll be better off getting the advice of a properly qualified tree-surgeon/arboriculturist .... don't suppose your neighbour's qualifications include that do they? image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,255

    Do not listen to your neighbour - no thats not quite right, listen and ignore! Beech is one of our most beautiful native trees. What exactly do you wish to do to it Sue? Is it major or just a bit of tidying up?

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    I wonder what the neighbour's agenda is image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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