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Dorset Wildlife Trust's reaction to ash dieback

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.”

– Abby Gibbs, Trees and Woodland Officer, Dorset Wildlife Trust


Ash dieback: the facts

  • 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.


Ash dieback found near Bristol

Britain has 80 million ash trees which cover about 5% of all woodland Credit: PA

It's been confirmed that a case of the disease Ash Dieback has been discovered in newly planted trees in the West Country.

The Forestry Commission says the Chalara fraxinea fungus has been found near Bristol.

It was on a site that had been recently planted and they say the infection will remain contained. The disease has so far spread to 65 woodlands across the country.

The government has imposed an import ban on ash trees, and a nationwide survey is being carried out to find out how far it has spread.