Ash tree disease - Chalara ash dieback
Chalara ash dieback is a serious disease of ash trees caused by the Chalara fraxinea fungus, which causes leaf loss and crown dieback and can lead to ash tree death. The disease was first identified in the UK in nurseries and recently planted sites. Cases have now been confirmed in East Anglia, Essex and Kent in ash trees which do not appear to have any association with recently supplied nursery stock.
On 29 October 2012 the Government introduced legislation banning the importing of ash trees and bringing in tight movement restrictions as part of efforts to stop the spread of disease.
If you suspect a case of Chalara dieback or want further information about the disease and the new legislation visit the Forestry Commission website (new window).
The Forestry Commission has produced a video and pictorial guide (new window PDF 282KB) showing how to identify the disease.
Suspected cases can be reported to the Chalara helpline on 08459 33 55 77 (open 8am - 6pm every day) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advice to forest visitors
The risk of visitors spreading the disease is very small and the Forestry Commission is not closing forests or advising owners of infected sites to do so. If you are visiting an infected or suspected wood, please take the simple precautions advised by the the Forestry Commission (new window).