Helping local authorities tackle the impacts of ash dieback

Ash is the third most common tree in Britain. There are an estimated 60 million ash trees outside woodlands in the UK. Ash dieback disease was first officially recorded in the UK in 2012 and has spread rapidly, with only a small fraction of trees proving resistant. Since the arrival of ash dieback, The Tree Council has led research into the early responses and coping strategies of public landowners to this new disease.

Ash Dieback: an Action Plan Toolkit

A strategic and co-ordinated local response is required to deal with the multiple issues that ash dieback presents.

The Tree Council has developed a four-point plan to help local authorities fight ash dieback, the most significant tree disease to hit the UK since Dutch Elm disease emerged in the 1970s. The plan is designed to raise awareness of the disease, help councils create local action plans. It’s also designed to identify best practice for managing non-woodland trees and advise on recovery and creation of alternative treescapes.

Ash dieback resources

Whether you want to know how to spot ash dieback in your own trees or you work in an organisation that manages ash trees, check out our publications for more guidance.

Local authority action plan toolkit

A practical four-point plan to help local authorities fight ash dieback.

Ash tree pom poms

Public guidance

If you have ash trees on land which you own or manage, you may need to consider the impact ash dieback disease will have on those trees. Read our simple guidance to find out more.