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    Ash Dieback Briefing Note
    ash dieback
    Introduction

    Ash Dieback is a serious disease of ash trees caused by the fungus called Chalara fraxinea (C. fraxinea). The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and it can lead to tree death. Initial findings in the UK were associated with the nursery trade and recently planted sites however in October 2012, the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) scientists confirmed a small number of cases in East Anglia in ash trees which do not appear to have any association with recently supplied nursery stock. C. fraxinea is being treated as a quarantine pest under national emergency measures, and it is important that suspected cases of the disease are reported to the Forestry Commission or FERA on the telephone numbers that follow.

    For the latest information please follow this link

     



    Before contacting these agencies it may be useful to watch the following film.



    If you still believe that the tree or trees you are concerned about may have the disease then please contact The Forestry Commission directly on

    Chalara helpline: 08459 33 55 77 (open 8am - 6pm every day) or email plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

    To view the latest map showing the current status of the disease please click on the following link.

    www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara

    The understanding of the spread and likely severity of the disease is evolving quickly and the direction that disease control will take will be guided by central government in the form of FERA and Forestry Commission (FC). Up to the time of publication Ash dieback has not been found in East Hampshire. The District Council’s role in any future campaign to limit the impact of the disease will be guided by National Government and the previously mentioned organisations. We will continue to update this web site as new information becomes available and if necessary, implement any disease control measures required.

    Advice

    Currently we are advising that:

    • ash trees are not planted within new planting schemes (there is a ban on the movement of ash plants);
    • newly planted ash (up to 5-7 years ago) are checked for symptoms of the disease;
    • there is currently no reason to undertake pre-emptive felling;
    • other than the revision of planting schemes, there is no reason to consider ash in the planning system any differently than we have previously.
    • access to the countryside and sites containing ash is not restricted as the risk of spreading the disease in this way is considered to be low.
    • check the national situation and government advice as it develops

    Pic: Ash dieback David Bole, Sussex Wildlife Trust

    Related Websites:

    http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara