Ash dieback arrived in the UK from mainland Europe in 2004 to much consternation and trepidation as people feared a repeat of the decimation wreaked by Dutch elm disease decades earlier. Since that time, with the media flurry of activity around ash dieback subsiding, it would be reasonable to assume that the impact of ash dieback has been steadily reducing. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, the disease has now reached crisis levels, with figures from mainland Europe, where it has been present since 1992, suggesting that the majority of common ash trees will decline or die within the next 10 to 15 years.

In an article prepared for the spring edition of Living Woods Magazine, Andy Poynter and John Lockhart explain some of the key issues around the disease.

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