On December 18th, The Tree Council visited a woodland in eastern Kent, where ash trees are dying of a fungal disease, known as Ash Dieback. This disease, first recorded in the United Kingdom during 2012, poses a serious threat to the millions of ash trees growing throughout the country.
As many of us look forward to winter walks over the holiday season, it is important to be aware of the spread of Ash Dieback. We are encouraging everyone to be on the lookout for this threat to the nation's ash trees, and to report any suspected cases to the Forestry Commission.
We have created a slideshow of the symptoms of Chalara fraxinea (the dieback fungus), which should help you spot the disease. You can also download an annotated pictorial guide via the link below or click here.
If you believe you have spotted ash dieback in your area, please report it using the Forestry Commission's online reporting form. You can also find more information about the disease, and how it is being tackled, on its website.