The most damaging tree disease since Dutch Elm

Ash is the third most common broadleaved 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.

Tackling the impacts of ash dieback

The Tree Council has developed and co-ordinated research into the impacts of ash dieback with local authorities, woodland managers, local resilience forums and landowners around the UK.

The latest research we have produced is guidance for homeowners. The guidance will help homeowners and land managers who have ash trees on their land understand their options for managing affected ash trees, while at the same time minimising the ecological impact caused by the highly damaging tree disease.

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.