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Ash tree advice

Ash tree Following widespread media reports of ash dieback disease in the UK, the council advises residents who are concerned about the health of an ash tree in their area to visit the Forestry Commission website where you can find photographs and a video about the disease and learn how to identify it.

The disease is caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea. Symptoms include wilting of leaves, leaf loss, crown dieback and characteristic lesions on the bark. The disease can eventually lead to the death of the tree.

If visiting infected or suspected trees do not remove any plant material and where possible clean all plant material from clothes and vehicles. The fungus spreads via leaves and so particular care should be given to avoid the movement of affected leaf material.

Trees showing symptoms of the disease on council land should be reported to customer services on 023 8028 5000 and ideally a photo can be sent to

Other trees, not on council land, should be reported to the Forestry Commission by emailing photographs to

The council is keeping up to date with developments and advice will be given as the situation progresses.

Updated: 14 Mar 2016
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