It was introduced to Europe about 30 years ago and has devastated European Ash trees. Because our native Ash species did not evolve with the fungus this means it has no natural defence against it.
Lesions on the stem
Browning of the leave and early leaf fall
Retaining their seeds or "keys" over the winter
The foliage in the crown of the tree gradually thins as the disease progresses
Current advice from the forestry Commission is that there is nothing that you can do about the disease if you discover it on you Ash tree. If your Ash tree progresses to a later stage of the disease you will need to take action to trim or fell the tree. This does not mean to just fell any Ash trees please make sure it has the disease first and look at all the options.
We offer a service to come out and inspect your Ash trees and to give you advice on what the next step should be and hopefully give you some options to what to do next with your tree. If you would like us to come out to have a look at your Ash tree please give us a call or even if you just want some more advice please don't hesitate to call us and we will do our best to help you.
Our members of staff have been on a dedicated course relevant to the Ash die back, we also keep upto date with any changes with the disease.
Checking your property for any Ash trees and have a look at them and see if you can assess if it has Ash die back and if so how far on it is. If you are unsure please give us a call.
Trees near public places like public footpaths, roads, schools and work areas will be a high priority due to the risk of injury to people. Businesses that have land with trees on will also need to check and inspect there Ash trees to make sure they are safe.
The fungus over winter in the leaf litter on the ground then release spores into the surrounding atmosphere during the summer.
These spores can be carried by the wind for miles. They land on leaves, stick to and the fungus then grows inside the tree, eventually blocking the water transport systems, causing it to die.
The tree may fight back, but year after year the infection will eventually kill it. You will find that young trees are more likely to die quicker than mature trees.
If you would like any more information or advice please give us a call.