ash dieback management

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Ash dieback is a highly destructive disease of ash trees (Fraxinus species), especially the United Kingdom’s native ash species, common ash (Fraxinus excelsior). It is caused by a fungus named Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (H. fraxineus), which is of eastern Asian origin.

The disease is also known as ‘chalara’, ash dieback, and chalara dieback of ash.

Chalara ash dieback is present in most parts of the United Kingdom. Its effects are most visible in regions where the fungus has been present for the longest time, and where local conditions are most suitable for the fungus.

Chalara ash dieback is causing significant damage to the UK’s ash population, with implications for woodland biodiversity and ecology, and for the hardwood industries
The disease causes leaf loss, crown dieback and weakening of the structure in affected trees which then can lead to the failure of initially branches of the tree and ultimatley the death of the tree and the need for removal. The precise speed of decline of any individual tree is currently impossible to predict so if you are concerned please contact us for an assessment.

Once recognised that your tree is infected it is your duty of care to actively manage the situation. The tree should not be left until the final stages of the disease due to being then unsafe to climb and dismantle. Mechanical assistance would then be needed in the form of an elevated platform to safely dismantle the tree (more costly removal).


There’s more information about ash dieback in the Tree Council ash dieback tree owner’s guide and the Government’s Forest Research ash dieback information

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