Excellent post on #ash #dieback

Woodland Matters

The arrival of ash dieback disease (Chalara Fraxinea) on our shores is a real tragedy. The likelihood of major damage to our native and ancient woods, copses and hedgerows seems to be growing each day as we find out more about this disease, and the history of its impact on the continent. Perhaps the bigger tragedy, would be the potential loss of the fragile and beautiful upland ash woods of the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales where ash woods are a defining component of those cherished landscapes.

There has been huge concern from the public and those who love and value our native woods, mirrored by an almost overwhelming level of media interest. The Forestry Commission, both  through their field staff and Forest Research, have pulled out all the stops to get people on the ground to survey the extent of the outbreak before autumn leaf-fall makes it…

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