– Abby Gibbs, Trees and Woodland Officer, Dorset Wildlife Trust
This is a sad day for ash woodlands in Dorset and across the UK.
Further loss of these beautiful trees will undoubtedly affect the species which depend on them to survive.
Therefore, we are asking members of the public to be vigilant, and report any sightings of affected ash trees to the Forestry Commission immediately.”
It's been confirmed that a case of a tree fungus which kills ash trees has been found in woodland in Dorset. The new case of Ash Dieback near Dorchester follows the discovery of the disease in Devon last month.
- Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea
- It has caused widespread damage to ash populations in continental Europe, including estimated losses of between 60 and 90 per cent of Denmark’s ash trees
- Chalara dieback of ash is particularly destructive of young ash plants, killing them within one growing season of symptoms becoming visible
- Local spread, up to some tens of miles, may be by wind
- Over longer distances the risk of disease spread is most likely to be through the movement of diseased ash plants
You can read more information about the spread of ash dieback disease here.
DEFRA said the disease had now been confirmed in 557 sites including 198 locations in forests and woodland.
– Martin Ward, Chief Plant Health Officer, DEFRA.
We expected to see new cases once the leaves came through on ash trees.
The better informed we are, the more effective we can be in our work to reduce the impact of this disease and we will be investigating this new case closely.”
A further case of the tree disease ash dieback has been confirmed in woodland near Dorchester.
Dorset is the 13th County in England where the disease has been discovered in forests and woodland.