First local Ash Dieback case highlights the need to be vigilant

Thursday 20th November 2014

Ash tree - Philip PreceyAsh Dieback discovered in Birmingham

Reacting to the news that the first case of Chalara fraxinea (Ash Dieback) has been identified in Birmingham, the local Wildlife Trust has called for increased vigilance and care.

Birmingham City Council has announced that the disease is present in a small cluster of young ash trees in Rectory Park, Erdington. The council have stated that they will remove all infected ash trees from this area, and continue to monitor other ash trees within the city.

Chris Parry, Principal Ecologist at The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, said: “This goes to show that just because we are in an urban area, we are not immune to this disease. It looks as though the infection is only in a young plantation so far and as far as we know has not spread to older, more established ash trees.

“It is important now to remember that measures must be taken to ensure it doesn’t spread. We would ask the public to avoid moving ash leaves around the area. They can help by ensuring their boots are clear of leaves when arriving at and leaving a woodland, nature reserve, park or other site with trees.”

People can also help in identifying if there are any other cases of ash dieback by using the Forestry Commission’s guide to spotting it and reporting any cases they see.

The Trust emphasises that sensible measures should be taken to prevent the spread of the disease, but hopes that people will still go out and enjoy their local woodlands during the autumn when the colours of the leaves are at their most beautiful.

More information is available on our page about ash trees and Ash Dieback.
 

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