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Ash Dieback May be Affecting your Ash Trees

Mon 7 October 2019

You will no doubt be aware that landowners are responsible for the care and management of the trees on their land or estates to ensure the safety of visitors, neighbours and even trespassers.

Chalara Ash Dieback is a fungus, originally from Asia, which arrived in the UK around 30 years ago and is having a devastating effect on our native Ash trees, particularly in the South East where it is expected to impact up to 95% of trees. The fungus causes the affected tree to die, with dropped branches and ultimately falling trees presenting a risk to people and property.  

The Forestry Commission have produced a useful report and a list of symptoms to help identify Ash Dieback :

https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/pest-and-disease-resources/chalara-ash-dieback-hymenoscyphus-fraxineus/

Our management clients can be assured that we are taking strategic steps to minimise the potential impact of and issues associated with Ash Dieback on their land and estates. Whilst you may not own woodland, it is vital you manage trees close to Public Rights of Way and buildings. Diseased Ash can become extremely brittle and is particularly vulnerable to damage in high winds.

If you would like any advice concerning the prevention and/or management of Ash Dieback, please contact Ben Lee (benl@rhrwclutton.co.uk) or Nic Burchell (nicb@rhrwclutton.co.uk) in our East Grinstead Office on 01342 410122.

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