Tree safety

Ash dieback, Parke, Devon

Each autumn, the ranger team assess all the woodland areas at Parke for trees that could pose a risk to public safety.

This year, much like other areas within the county, we have noticed a significant increase in trees suffering from Ash dieback. Every effort is made to leave trees in non-public areas to see how they react to the disease and possibly even recover.  Further surveys will be carried out in June next year because the Ash trees suffering from dieback stand out amongst the healthy fully leaved trees.  This will help to assess the full impact of Ash dieback in the coming years and future management work needed in the winter of 2020 / 2021.

Trees suffering from Ash dieback are very dangerous to fell by conventional methods, as small branches in the canopy die first, becoming brittle and can easily drop off.