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Information on Ash Dieback

Following the recent media reports about the spread of Ash Dieback in Britain, we have prepared this guide to the disease and how it affects Woodland Friends.

Ash dieback is a disease affecting all ash species. It is caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea. The symptoms are withering, blackened leaves, brown or purple discoloration of stems and diamond-shaped 'wounds' at the infection site. An infected tree will usually die.

The advice from the Forestry Commission and DEFRA is that all infected saplings or young trees should be removed but uninfected saplings and all established trees should remain.

At present, we have not found evidence of the disease in our primary site at Hundred Acer Wood in the Cotswolds but we are monitoring our new ash trees carefully for any signs of the disease. If any sponsored saplings subsequently develop the disease, we will re-allocate the sponsorship to a different (non-ash) tree.

If you have any specific concerns or would like more information, please get in touch.

If you require more details about the disease, we would advise you to consult the website of The Forestry Commission.