Information about Ash Dieback Disease

Kevin Snow08th November 2012

Britain's ash trees face a serious threat from a recently arrived fungal disease known as Chalara fraxinea.

In some countries, this disease has been responsible for the deaths of up to 90% of ash trees. The ash tree is the fourth most common tree in the United Kingdom so the impact could be devastating in this country if it cannot be eradicated.

Identification, containment and hopefully eradication of the disease is being co-ordinated by the Forestry Commission.

Ash Spotter Guide (pdf)

Ash Dieback Factsheet (pdf)
Tackling the spread of the disease

Tackling the spread of the disease is very important, and you can play your part.  These links take you to the Forestry Commission website which describes the disease:

Information about the disease...

You can see photographic examples here...

Reporting the disease

If you think that you may have identified the disease, please contact the Forestry Commission or Fera (Food and Environment Reseach Agency) Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate on any of the numbers below:

Forest Research Disease Diagnostic Advisory Service

01420 23000  Email here...

Forestry Commission Plant Health Service

0131 3146414 Email here...

Fera Plant and Seeds Inspectorate

01904 465625 Email here... 

Please be prepared to give the Forestry Commission/Fera as much information as possible, such as the age and location of tree, and symptoms shown.

You can also report the disease through a new mobile phone app obtainable here...

Please help control the disease by checking any ash trees you own or are responsible for, or that you may see when going about your day to day business.

Trees most likely to carry the disease are those planted in the last four years.

If you suspect a tree may be infected, please report it.

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