Chalara ash dieback, now commonly referred to as ash dieback, is a serious disease that is killing ash across the UK. It arrived from Europe in 2012 although is thought to have been present in the UK from around 2004.
Ash dieback affects the common ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) and is caused by the vascular wilt fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (initially known by the name Chalara fraxinea). Experience from mainland Europe, where the disease has been present since 1992, suggests that the majority of ash trees will decline or die over the next 10-15 years, giving a limited time window for action . With this in mind Lockhart Garratt have developed a management process which our experienced practitioners are already delivering to our clients, working across many disciplines where appropriate.
For information we have produced a booklet detailing this management process to help advise our clients. A copy of this booklet can be downloaded here. In line with this document we have also created a separate web page which provides links to the latest industry guidance. This webpage can be accessed here, and we will continue to update this as and when new guidance is released. Should you have any questions or concerns in relation to ash dieback on your or your clients land, then please do not hesitate to contact our consultants on 01536 408840.