Ash dieback will kill up to 95% of ash trees across the UK. At a cost of billions, the effects will be staggering. It will change the landscape forever and threaten many species which rely on ash.
Whereas the SW of England has been later than Eastern & Central regions of the UK to experience the impact of the disease it is now well established and presenting visibly observable symptoms in private residential, roadside and woodland trees.
There has been a notable increase in enquiries and work load associated with inspections and tree removals and this is anticipated to continue to increase as the symptoms become more apparent.
I suspect that Spring leaf formation this year will bring with it the chilling realisation that the disease has become widespread in the region.
What impact will ash dieback have?
It’s thought that we are going to lose up to 95% of our ash trees in the UK. This is going to have a devastating impact on the landscape and the biodiversity of our woodlands, as well as a major loss in connections between habitats as we lose hedges and individual trees outside of woods.
The predicted cost of managing the diseases is high. It includes the practical expense of clearing up dead and dying trees, to the loss of its environmental services such as air purification.