Ash Dieback: Why Should I Care?
Common Ash is one of the UK’s most versatile tree species and makes up 12% of the UK’s Broadleaf Woodlands, however, ash dieback is now present across the UK and forecast to infect 95% of woodland ash of which 85% are expected to die within 15 years of infection.
The impact is expected to be greater than Dutch Elm disease, posing significant ecological, economic, and safety risks to owners, managers, and the wider environment.
This presentation covers 4 areas.
1) ‘What is an Ash Tree?’: Characteristics, distribution, identifying features, and uses.
2) ‘What is Ash Die Back?’: Characteristics, distribution, impact, forecasts
3) ‘Why should I care?’. Duty of care liability issues increasing, working risks increasing, sustainability of ash woodland resource going, risk of loss of habitat
4) ‘What should I do?’. Quantify what levels of ash exist on a site, confirm the presence of ash dieback, identify high risk areas containing ash, plan and budget future works, get grants and licences in a timely manner. Do not be complacent.
Additional information from the Forestry Commission and references are listed at the end and below.