Ash dieback in Dorset

The tree disease ash dieback has been confirmed in woodland near Dorchester.

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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.


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