Ash Die Back Disease

A ban on imports of ash trees was announced on 26th October, following the detection of Chalara ash dieback is some tree stock imported last winbter, and now in mature trees in two sites in East Anglia.  Make sure any specimens you buy have been grown in the UK, and are from a reputable nursery.  Also, plan early, as it is likely that there will be a shortage of young ash this winter.  You may have to use smaller plants than originally intended, reduce the proportion of ash in a planned planting, or delay planting work for a season.  The disease has been likened to Dutch Elm Disease in the media, but it is too early to say how bad the effect may be.  For details of symptoms, and for the most up to date information on this disease, follow the link below.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara