Ash dieback on Wenlock Edge

Ranger checking for Ash die back on Wenlock Edge in Shropshire

The Ash dieback fungus, Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, which causes leaf loss and crown dieback and can lead to tree death, has wiped out 90% of ash trees in Denmark and is widespread throughout central Europe. Ash trees account for 60% of the woodland cover on Wenlock Edge and we're doing all we can to tackle the disease.

How will the disease affect trees on Wenlock Edge?

The disease weakens the tree's structure and makes it more vulnerable to secondary infection. This makes the infested tree prone to uprooting and more likely to lose their branches which makes them unsafe to be around. Visitors can identify trees affected by ash dieback that are due to be felled this year by looking for the orange circles on the trees’ bark.

How are we tackling ash dieback?

As part of their tree safety work, our rangers have carefully assessed the areas where infected ash trees will cause a high health and safety risk to people or property. These trees will be felled to remove the risk of spreading the infection and to give our other native trees in the area the best chance of reproducing naturally. Where trees are infected but don’t pose a risk to people, they will be left to rot and become much needed habitats for woodland wildlife.

How can you help?

Please be patient with us while we undertake this essential work. We may have to temporarily close off some bridle paths and footpaths while we carry out essential tree safety work.

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