Tree Warden Scheme
warden is Andrew Beeston and any enquiries about trees can be passed
to him via our clerk using the "contact us" link at the side of this page.
The Tree Warden
Scheme is a national initiative to
enable people to play an active role in
conserving and enhancing their local
trees and woods. The scheme was founded
by the Tree Council and is co-ordinated
by the Council with the support the
government department Communities and
Local Government. They have a website
that can be seen by clicking
here. Tree Wardens are volunteers, appointed
by parish councils or other community
organisations, who gather information
about their local trees, get involved in
local tree matters and encourage local
practical projects to do with trees and
woods. David Thornber is the
co-ordinator for the Tree Wardens Scheme
and he attended a recent parish
council to promote the scheme
particularly as Lathom South did not
have any wardens at that time. He made it clear there
is no prescribed "one size fits all"
scheme, members can do as much or a
little as they can. Volunteers will
be most welcome, please contact the
clerk if you are interested.
The only sizeable woodland in Lathom South Parish seems to be Spa
Roughs, and most other trees are to be found along the several brooks - Dungeon,
Goose, Dicket's, Slate and Sefton presumably because there they don't interfere
with our area's vital agriculture. There has been some new planting in hedges,
eg along Whiteley's Lane: local farmers are to be commended for this work.
currently 12 Tree Preservation Orders in force in the parish, some on individual
trees, and others on groups or areas.
The Parish Council with the Tree Warden are considering where additional trees
might be planted and any suggestions from other people will be welcomed. If you
have a favourite tree in the parish please let us know so that it can be
included in a proposed map of parish trees and footpaths.
So far your
tree warden Andrew Beeston has taken the following action:
1 Preliminary survey and mapping of the parish's trees for both conservation
and possible new plantings
2 Liaised with WLBC and attending Tree Council 20th Anniversary event in
London with WLBC delegation
3 Studied government Tree Protection Order streamlining proposals and is
4 Worked with local schools, St. James Lathom and Lathom Park, including
talks and planting see picture below
5 He is devising a Lathom South Tree Trail, particularly for schools
6 Arranged planting of new copper beeches in Dicks Lane to fill gaps with
help (and at expense) of landowner.
7 Established a
small orchard (see details below)
Westhead Community Orchard
2nd February 2018 ten trees were planted in a corner
of the West Lancashire Borough Council playing field on School Lane Westhead to
form a community orchard. Six apples, 2 Bramley's Seedling (cooking
apples), a Worcester Pearmain, a Tydeman's Early, a Kidd's Orange Red and a
Blenheim Orange (all eating apples). There are six Victoria plum trees of which
four were funded by Lathom South Parish Council and
two plum trees were donated by a member of the local community. A further
Merryweather Damson tree has been planted. Sixteen trees have also been planted
in Lathom St James Schools' adjacent field. Many trees were obtained from
the WLBC free trees scheme. It
is hoped that there will be useful cross-pollination.
Andrew Holland's Farm
farm itself is located on School Lane Westhead, Andrew Holland farms over 90
acres of land, some of which lies within the Parish. He operates under an
environmental and countryside stewardship scheme approved by Natural England.
On his land a
small area of woodland has been designated a biological heritage site, owing
to its abundance of bluebells and ransom (wild garlic). The farm operates a
RSPB tree sparrow project and in 2007 Andrew began a scheme of planting over
1000 metres of hedgerow, with daffodils alongside sections. managing a
cultivated strip attracting wild flora and creating two pollen and nectar plots.
Other projects include creating 2.5 acres of unharvested corn margins and 5
acres of wild bird mixes, providing winter food. Two barn owl boxes have been
erected. He has recently obtained planning permission to create a wildlife pond
at land near Mugs Cottage (off Dicks Lane).
of birds on the RSPB red list are regularly seen on the farm and in the summer
damselflies and dragonflies, along with a wide variety of butterflies, are
As part of the schemes under
which this programme is run, Andrew invites groups (up to about 15 at a time)
of the public to visit the farm to learn about the countryside. Given that
this is a working farm, visits are arranged for weekday evenings and weekends.
These visits, (free to the group), may be for groups of school children or
Council welcomes this scheme “on its own doorstep”. For further information
about visits, phone Andrew on 0771 0505 863 or visit his website by clicking
Species that are known to be causing a problem in our area
There are some non native species classed as invasive in our area. These are
plants that have been introduced to a place they do not naturally occur and they
upset the balance of nature as they are bigger and faster growing. Native
species cannot compete and die off. The two most common are detailed below:
was first introduced to Britain by the Victorians as an ornamental plant - and
was actually awarded a gold medal at a prestigious flower show. In its native
countries of Japan, North China, Korea and Taiwan, the weed presents nowhere
near the problem it now poses across Europe, America and New Zealand. With its
natural habitat being on the slopes of volcanoes, it is no surprise that the
less harsh and more fertile environment of Britain has allowed this plant to
flourish to extreme proportions. Furthermore, outside of Asia, the plant has no
natural biological enemies to check its spread.
This plant is perennial and extremely
invasive. It thrives on disturbance. The tiniest piece can re-grow, and has been
spread by both natural means and by human activity. It soon overruns riverbanks,
railway embankments, road verges, gardens and hedgerows, threatening the
survival of other native plant species and in turn insects and other animal
In wet areas, high water flows disperse
fragments of the plant downstream where new colonies form. In the past,
fly-tipping and transportation of soil containing rhizome fragments have been a
major cause of spread, particularly in the urban environment. Green waste
recycling schemes are also sites of potential contamination which is a cause for
concern. Local Authorities, are desperate to find ways of eradicating this
To find out why
people so concerned about Japanese
To find out how to identify Japanese
To find out what to do I if you have
Japanese Knotweed click
Balsam is a tall, beautiful plant from the Himalayas in Asia. Its
large pink flowers can be seen along riverbanks across the
United Kingdom as the species favours damp conditions.
The species can spread rapidly and oust native species,
reducing the ecological value of the land and leaving the soil
vulnerable to erosion.
Himalayan balsam was first introduced to the United Kingdom in the 1830s
as an ornamental plant. It did not take long for thespecies to
escape and start growing in the wild.
Each plant can
produce over 2000 seeds which are distributed by their
exploding seed heads. The explosion can propel the seeds up to
5 metres, often into rivers and waterways which then further
the distribution of the species.
damage can it cause?
Himalayan balsam can grow tall and in dense clusters. By doing so it can
prevent the smaller native plant species from growing as there is not enough
light for them. This causes problems on riverbanks which are dependent on the
root systems of the native species to provide stability. Without the native
plants binding the soil with their roots, when the Himalayan balsam dies back in
autumn the riverbanks are susceptible to erosion in periods of heavy
measures should aim to prevent flowering and if this is achieved before seeds
are set, eradication is possible in two to three
use glyphosate or 2,4-D amine. Need to be used whilst plant is actively growing
in early spring for best effect.
cut at ground level using a scythe, before the flowering stage in June. Do not
cut earlier as this promotes
greater seed production in any plants that regrow.
Cutting should be repeated annually until no more growth occurs.
plants can be pulled up very easily and disposed of by burning or composting,
unless seeds are present.
cattle and sheep is effective from April throughout the growing season. It
should be continued until no new growth
Other invasive species that may be in our area can be seen
Ragwort is not classed as an invasive species
as it is indigenous to this country but it is one of five
injurious weeds covered by the provisions of The Weeds Act 1959.
Ragwort is poisonous to horses, ponies, donkeys and other livestock,
and causes liver damage, which can have potentially fatal
consequences. It can be seen in many parts of our area
Under the Weeds Act 1959 the Secretary of
State may serve an enforcement notice on the occupier of land on
which injurious weeds are growing, requiring the occupier to take
action to prevent the spread of injurious weeds. The Weeds Act
specifies five injurious weeds: Common Ragwort, Spear Thistle,
Creeping of Field Thistle, Broad leaved Dock and Curled Dock.
Defra works with individuals and a wide range
of rural organisations to control the spread of these five weeds to
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