Tag Archives: Chalara

Ash Dieback Research Providing Hope

A range of research projects into ash dieback disease, launched by Defra, are beginning to produce results.  Previously known as Chalara fraxinea, the new correct name for the fungus is now Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. Field trials growing young ash trees have now completed their third year, growing seedlings from 15 seed sources.  With two years left

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Woodland Grants

Details of the new Countryside Stewardship grants, which will be combine the old Environmental Stewardship and Woodland Grant Schemes, are beginning to be released.  Last week an interim scheme was announced to cover three main areas of activity: 1.   Woodland Planning Grants 2.  Tree Health Grants 3.  Grants for Woodland Creation The new woodland creation

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Southern Beech – Our Ash Replacement?

Treragin Wood is now 22 years old, and I am into the second year of its first thinning.  But already I am having to change my thoughts, with 30% of the woodland being planted with ash, and likely to suffer from ash dieback disease. The original planting mix at Treragin was designed with a firewood

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A Tree Workshop

I recently helped run a tree disease identification day on behalf of OPAL (the Open Air Laboratory).  The day had been organised by the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project and twenty people came along to the hall next to St Cleer Church. The morning session started with a fascinating talk given by Tim Kellett of

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Planning ahead

The last fortnight has been a little gloomy, with the first confirmed outbreak of Chalara fraxinea (Ash dieback disease) in mature ash in Devon. Fifty miles from Treragin and closing!  I have been thinking about how to respond when (and I regret it is when, rather than if) the disease reaches us. I included 30%

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Ash Die Back Disease in Devon

A case of the tree disease Chalara dieback of ash has been confirmed in a woodland in Devon.  Devon is the 17th county in Great Britain where Chalara has been discovered in the wider environment, as oppose to recently planted trees.  This brings the disease much closer to our own area of the south west,

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Ash Die Back Disease (3): new grant scheme

There has been relatively little news regarding ash die back disease in the last few months, as symptoms and spread will only become apparent as trees come into leaf in the new season.  However, this has given time for a lot of planning and working out practical steps to help slow the spread of the

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Ash Die Back Disease (2)

Most people interested in woodlands will now be well aware of the latest threat to our woodlands, but what might it mean in practise for small woodland owners?  To date the disease (Chalara fraxinea, to give it the scientific name) has only been found in mature trees in the east of the country, but is

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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. 

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