One of these trees is the the Horse Chestnut. Walking in a local parkland with my dog Pops, I met a friend who told me four of the Horse Chestnuts trees were going to be felled by the council. This step is being taken because the trees are suffering from Chestnut Canker, a disease spreading to both old and young trees through out the UK and Europe. In Hampshire UK a survey of 230 these trees found half were suffering from the disease. More trees are effected in urban areas than in rural places. Sadly there is no cure available at the moment.The trees are bleeding to death! Looking closely at the trees on St James Green I could see gaping wounds with sap dripping slowly down the trunks. These Trees are part of the landscape of my life. One springtime I remember walking to the Avebury stone circle via a beautiful avenue of mature Horse Chestnuts. The beautiful spires of pink flowers sprinkled the ground with white and pink confetti. The flowers held the promise of the fruits to come which are treasured by wildlife and by generations of children. I am sure many of us have childhood memories of conker fights in the school playground and parks.