Ashes to ashes – but Lakeland park has a phoenix plan

It’s autumn as usual for most trees on the park says Henry Wild (above), but ash dieback is sadly in evidence

ASH TREES went up in smoke at an Ambleside holiday park’s fireworks night this year after autumn revealed the alarming number of trees stricken with a fatal fungal disease.

But according to ashes.

“Ash dieback” has been sweeping across Britain in recent years, and the Woodlands Trust estimates that the UK will lose up to 95% of its specimens.

Scores of ashes in the 130-acres grounds of Skelwith Fold have succumbed to dieback, says Henry, threatening important wildlife habitats:

A red squirrel dines at one of the park’s grey-proof feeders

“Autumn has shown the extent of the problem because we can now see the number of ashes with leaves which are turning to shed early,” he said.

“They are only a tiny percentage of the trees on our park, and in fairness the woodlands here are putting on a magnificent autumn display of colours.

“But the ashes are part of our biodiversity, and we are determined to fight back by replacing every ash going up in flames with five new indigenous trees.

“We’ll be giving preference to animals and birdlife.

“They will include sweet chestnuts, English yew, and Scots pine trees which can help our red squirrel population by attracting pine martins which predate on grey squirrels,” said Henry.

This Octop gold level.

The award, made after an inspection by Professor Bellamy’s assessors, praised the family-run park’s management of its woodlands near the shores of Windermere.

Skelwith Fold provides luxury glamping pods, safari tents, holiday homes to guests:

“For that reason, we fully intend to finish up with even more habitats and feeding resources for wildlife than previously.

“Our staff are doing a fantastic job of planting the replacement saplings, and the ashes went up in a blaze of glory at our annual fireworks party this month!” said Henry.

Henry Wild says five native hardwoods will be planted for every ash tree fatality at Skelwith Fold caravan park