Ash dieback is a fungal disease affecting ash trees, one of the most common types of tree in the UK. It was first discovered here in 2012 and the disease is now present in all counties of England. Experience in Europe suggests that the majority of ash trees infected with the disease will decline and die over the next 10–15 years.
Please take care when visiting wild spaces that have ash trees; there is a risk infected ash tree limbs may become brittle and break, possibly falling on to paths and roads. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust are working hard to make sure that the nature reserves we manage are as safe as possible, this will involve essential tree safety work in the upcoming months at many different reserves.
We've written a couple of blogs on some interesting topics to do with ash dieback:
- Tree planting in a climate and ecological emergency. By Dr Gareth Parry
- Why, when we really need more trees in the world, does GWT chop some down?
If you have any questions regarding ash dieback please take a look at the FAQ section. Here you will find all you need to know about the disease and how it will affect ash trees in Gloucestershire, and the wider UK.
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