Britain’s Ash trees are threatened by a fungal disease that has spread from the continent.
In September 2009 the aptly named Stephen Ashworth (see nominative determinism post) wrote to the Forestry Commission requesting a ban on European imports to prevent the disease spreading to the UK.
According to the Telegraph
The Forestry Commission, however, thought that the disease was caused by a fungus already endemic in Britain, making a ban illegal under European laws. It has since been discovered that the fungus is a new one.
The article goes on to say
In October 2009, Mr Burgess replied that he agreed that the situation was “worrying” but said “our hands are tied” by European legislation.
“I am sorry this is not the response you had hoped for but I hope you understand how our hands are tied,” he wrote. “All I can recommend for the moment is that the industry carefully considers where it sources its planting material and monitors it purchases for signs of ill health.
And therein lies so many things wrong with how Britain is governed. An incompetent and scheming officialdom with little to offer except hollow apologies and excuses and blaming the EU that they themselves have acquiesced to.
Due to official incompetence and EU interference and meddling a cull of British Ash trees is now underway and commenced in the week leading up to Samhain and Halloween.
It gets interesting when you learn the symbolic significance of the Ash. According to whats-your-sign.com
It’s mass, height, and deeply imbedded roots were all metaphors for the spiritually minded Celts (and us too). The ash speaks to us of growth, expansion, and higher perspective. If we think symbolically as the ancient Celts were apt to do, we can liken our own soul-growth with that of the ash. With greater (higher) attainment, the more we need to stay grounded (well rooted).
This concept falls right in line with the mystic message of the ash. Indeed, certain druid accounts indicate the realm between earth and sky were connected or held together by the mighty ash. Although it is associated with the element of air, the ash is also akin to the fire element for its amazing burning qualities. The wood of the ash burns with intense heat, even when green. This surfaced ideas of resurrection and renewal for the Celts.
The ash was commonly used for protective rituals because it was believed that helpful energies were contained within its great body. Specifically, the ash was thought to be the guardian of children, and was often used as a healing agent for childhood illnesses.
Its association with children may come from creation myths within Celtic lore. In some accounts the ash was considered the cradle of life, so too was it considered a gentle giant and a protector of youth.
Yggdrasil is a mighty Ash sacred to the Celts and Druids.
The disease and subsequent culling of Ash trees has echoes of the slaughter of livestock during the Foot and Mouth outbreak.