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    Ash Dieback Disease Threatens Tree Population

    A disease that has the potential to devastate the UK's ash tree population has been recorded for the first time in the UK's natural environment.
    Chalara dieback, caused by a fungus calledChalara fraxinea, was confirmed at two sites in East Anglia.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20079657

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    heard about this the other day,worrying isn't it?

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    Info about the disease here.. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-8w9euv
    And photos of what to look for here.. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/Symptoms_guide_Chalara_dieback_of_ash_2012.pdf/$FILE/Symptoms_guide_Chalara_dieback_of_ash_2012.pdf
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    What should people do if they find an Ash tree infected with the fungus? I've read we should report it (can't recall to whom), but my question is whether the tree can be healed, or should it be cut down to avoid the fungus spreading?

    Is there a way of preventing infection, or at least the spread of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie View Post
    What should people do if they find an Ash tree infected with the fungus? I've read we should report it (can't recall to whom), but my question is whether the tree can be healed, or should it be cut down to avoid the fungus spreading?

    Is there a way of preventing infection, or at least the spread of it?
    Please report suspected cases of the disease to one of the following:

    Forest Research Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service
    T: 01420 23000;
    E: ddas.ah@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

    Forestry Commission Plant Health Service
    T: 0131 314 6414;
    E: plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

    Fera Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate
    T: 01904 465625;
    E: planthealth.info@fera.gsi.gov.uk


    Hope this helps

    Ade.

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    Little update in case anyone has missed it http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/cou...f-disease.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie View Post
    What should people do if they find an Ash tree infected with the fungus? I've read we should report it (can't recall to whom), but my question is whether the tree can be healed, or should it be cut down to avoid the fungus spreading?

    Is there a way of preventing infection, or at least the spread of it?
    I'd say call the authority like Adrian said, I'm sure nobody will but don't kick the fungus off because then you can't give a good diagnostic.
    When in doubt Brew-Up!

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    Exclamation Reporting Ash die back / fungus

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie View Post
    What should people do if they find an Ash tree infected with the fungus?
    Reporting a suspect tree just got a whole lot easier - You can do your bit to protecting our Ash trees.

    There is a Free App for iPhones, Android & more which now lets you take photographs of a suspect tree and it will send the photo along with your GPS location to be reviewed, if experts in this field think it is part of the die-back they will visit the location to try and do their best to stop the spread.
    The App/Project is called AshTag - http://ashtag.org/




    Do your bit to help stop the spread of this fungus and save our population of Ash trees.
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    I forgot to mention that website mentioned above also contains an interactive map of sightings reported so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashley Cawley View Post
    I forgot to mention that website mentioned above also contains an interactive map of sightings reported so far.
    Cool app: - I'm going to download this. I'm looking after a 16 acre wood with a lot of Larch and Ash. What with the two Larch diseases gathering pace in different parts of the country and now Ash die-back, it's not a happy time in the woods for some people. No probs in my wood but need to be vigilant.

    Paul.
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