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Ash dieback

Information on ash dieback and how we are dealing with the issue.

Charlara fraxinea, or ash dieback as it is better known, has been heavily covered in the media over recent days. It is currently not known to be present in London but this is no guarantee that it is not here. A disease of this type will not only affect the countryside and rural areas but inner city parks, gardens and woodlands. Ash is among the most common type of tree in the city.

What we are doing

Symptoms might not be obvious during the winter and identification via bark lesions is the only way to spot this disease. The borough's tree officers will be one of the first lines of defence in identifying and dealing with this disease throughout London's urban forest.

Ash dieback is being treated as a quarantine pest under national measures, and it is important that suspected cases of the disease are reported to the Forestry Commission or Fera.

Forestry Commission's information leaflets

What should I do if I think my ash trees have the disease?

You should first attempt to correctly identify the disease. The Youtube video below will help you to identify the disease.

Suspected cases of ash dieback should be reported to one of the following:

Forest Research Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service

Telephone: 01420 23000
Email: ddas.ah@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Forestry Commission Plant Health Service

Telephone: 0131 314 6414
Email: plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Fera Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate

Telephone: 01904 465625
Email: planthealth.info@fera.gsi.gov.uk

Further information, including a pictorial guide to symptoms, is available at Forestry Commission website (opens in a new window)

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