Ash Tree Die Back
Ash tree dieback is a significant problem in the UK and is causing many of our majestic native Ash trees to die. The problem is the larger trees can pose a significant risk to the public.
What is Ash Tree Dieback
Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is one of Britain’s 32 native species of trees. As our third most common tree, they are a vital part of the ecosystems in our woodlands and hedgerows as well as a durable wood found in all our homes.
However, it’s threatened by the ash dieback fungus, or Hymenoscyphus fraxineus; a highly infectious, devastating disease.
Since 1992 when it was first described in Poland, the disease has quickly travelled across Europe, most likely by wind carrying the fungal spores and also human movement.
In 2012, it was recognised to have arrived in England from an import of nursery trees, but scientists soon found evidence that ash dieback has actually been in the UK since 2002.