Their loss would be grim, not just for the lover of the landscape, who would miss their beauty and the way they help the observer to “read” the view and get his bearings on a country walk.

The farmers, for whom the ash is an important component of many stock-proof hedges, would certainly miss them.

They would be missed by the naturalist, too, who would regret the loss of the haven they provide to birds and insects.

Even the gamekeeper, who makes use of stands of ash in pheasant coverts, where they provide cover and roosting spots for the game, would mourn their passing,

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