Because the shaggy bracket (Inonotus hispidus) is a sapwood-exposed fungal pathogen, it requires a wounding site to be able to successfully gain entry into a host. In this instance, we can observe how utility pruning has enabled this fungus’ spores to enter and colonise a Swedish whitebeam (Sorbus intermedia), and subsequently produce two sporophores on the same side of the structure. Without doubt, this will lead to a decline in the health of the individual over time, and because many other whitebeams down the road also have received similar pruning operations and are visibly struggling (lots of deadwood), I wonder whether they too are infected. Combined with mower damage at the base, which has led to some other individuals being visibly colonised by Ganoderma sp. at the base of the stem, there is little in the way of a bright future for these whitebeams, it appears.