Ash Die Back

16th May 2020

Felling is only sometimes necessary – Although not of interest to many parishioners, should you have problems with ash trees the following might be of use:

The Teignbridge District Council website directs you to the Forestry Commission website where there is very detailed information. They are advising people not to cut the trees with die back as some may recover:
https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/pest-and-disease-resources/ash-dieback-hymenoscyphus-fraxineus/
Quote: ‘You are not legally required to take any particular action if you own infected ash trees, unless your country forestry or plant health authority serves you with a Statutory Plant Health Notice (SPHN) requiring action.

With the exceptions of felling for public safety or timber production, we advise a general presumption against felling living ash trees, whether infected or not. This is because there is good evidence that a small proportion will be able to tolerate H. fraxineus infection. There is also the possibility that a proportion of ash trees can become diseased, but then recover to good health. These, too, would be valuable for our research, although it is still too early to know whether there are such trees in the British ash population.

However, by keeping as many ash trees standing as possible, we can identify individuals which appear to survive exposure to the fungus and which can be used for breeding tolerant ash trees for the future. See ‘Our research’ below for further information.’

Last modified: 16th May 2020

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