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Ash dieback disease: A guide for tree owners in Scotland

This Ash Dieback Guide for Tree Owners in Scotland provides helpful information for anyone responsible for managing ash trees and highlights specific policy and resources relevant to Scotland. From identifying ash trees and assessing their health, to deciding what steps may be needed to meet your responsibilities, the guide is an excellent starting point.

Anyone with a tree on their land has a legal responsibility to ensure that risk posed by the tree is kept within appropriate limits, particularly if they are next to a busy road, public pathway or community grounds.

The guide includes:

  • Visual ID guide to ash trees and ash dieback symptoms
  • Summary of legal responsibilities
  • Explanation of remedial management options
  • Advice on seeking professional help
  • Frequently asked questions

Ash trees are a precious part of the Scottish landscape, whether in gardens, small-holdings and farms, or on public land. Ash provides valuable habitats for over 1,000 species of British wildlife. A small proportion of ash trees are resistant to ash dieback and offer the opportunity for the species to recover over time. Where possible and safe to do so, ash trees should be retained in the landscape so that the benefits they bring are sustained for the future. This guide will help tree owners play an important part in the national response to ash dieback.

The guide has been developed and published by The Tree Council in support of Scottish Forestry. A toolkit specifically for Local Authorities in Scotland has also been produced as part of this work.


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