Restoring woodlands affected by ash dieback
Ash dieback is a devastating disease threatening the veteran trees and woodlands in our care.
A spell of dry weather and challenges posed by the pandemic means we've seen the worst effects of ash dieback this year, and we need your help to replace lost trees.
Historic trees and beautiful woodland, which inspired the likes of writer Beatrix Potter and landscape painter John Constable, face extinction due to a surge in ash dieback, driven in part by the climate crisis. Spring was one of the warmest and driest on record. This has put a huge amount of stress on trees, leaving them more susceptible to disease.
During lockdown our teams of rangers couldn't carry out the felling and maintenance work required to ensure the safety of the trees. Now we're having to play catch up in terms of tree felling.
The eventual loss of the native ash tree will have a devastating impact on wildlife and biodiversity. We're calling for the issue to be written into the government’s recently published England Tree Strategy, which sets out national commitments around tree planting and woodland creation.
" Ash trees like those at Beatrix Potter’s Troutbeck Park Farm are some of our most culturally significant trees and have stood for hundreds of years but will now be lost for ever. "
We need your support
Sadly we're having to fell a record number of trees because of the devastating impact that ash dieback has on the woodlands we love to escape to. We're expecting to remove 40,000 trees this year at a cost of more than £2 million.
Between 75 and 95 per cent of all ash trees will be lost in the next 20 or 30 years. We need your help to replace lost trees and restore woodlands for future generations to enjoy.