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Ash Dieback

Dealing with Ash Dieback

Ash dieback has the potential to devastate wooded areas. Infected trees should be dealt with swiftly and effectively to minimise the impact of this disease, which is where our services come in. If you believe your trees have been infected, we can provide support and consultancy. Our expert tree surgeons can carry out effective pruning and clearance of diseased tree waste.

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What is ash dieback?

Ash dieback is a fungal disease that originated in Asia. In the last few decades, it has swept through the UK. The disease has wreaked havoc on European Ash trees, which have never evolved any resistance to the invasive fungi. Ash is one of just 32 trees native to the UK and the third most common tree in our woodlands.

When do I need to get in touch with ash dieback experts?

Some of the most typical signs of ash dieback infection are dark, diamond-shaped legions in the bark. You might also see leaves becoming black and wilted and spot brown stalks and shoots in the summer.

In mature trees, you might spot dieback of twigs and shoots mostly in the crown. Healthy trees may be able to recover, but repeated infections can do long-term damage. Our expert tree surgeons can help you to confirm whether your ash trees have been infected and can get rid of any infected portions of the tree.

Ash dieback experts in the South Downs area

Ash dieback was first formally identified in the UK in 2012. However, experts estimate that it was present for several years before this. The initial infections were in the South-East of England, although it is apparent that the disease has now spread across the country. Many trees in the South Downs area have been infected and killed by ash dieback. As local experts, we can help you to identify and treat trees. We can provide quick treatment to minimise the risk of the disease spreading.

From the late summer through to the early autumn (generally between July and October), the fungus enters a different stage of its life cycle. It starts to live in the warm, damp piles of leaf litter. You might spot this appearing as small white fruiting bodies on any blackened leaves.

We can carry out preventative measures by collecting and appropriately destroying this leaf litter. This disrupts the lifecycle of the fungus and can help prevent it from reaching other vulnerable trees in the area. It can also help stop the same trees from being re-infected.

Other ways we can help

Getting rid of the infected leaf litter is important, but it is not the only step you need to take to protect your trees from ash dieback. Pruning can also help trees stay healthy following infection.

Our expert tree surgeons can remove branches that have been infected and maximise the chance of the tree recovering. In cases where a tree has been severely infected and is beyond recovery, we can carry out swift, safe felling. Just like leaf litter, the felled remains of an infected tree must be disposed of safely to prevent the spread of the fungus.

So, if you are concerned about ash dieback, get in touch with our friendly and supportive experts today to find out how we can help.


Our customer’s feedback

Felling and trimming of trees with TPO listing

PO9   |   April 2021

Michael and his team provided an excellent service today. Arrived punctually and set about the felling of 3 diseased trees and crown raising of 2 mature oaks. They were very efficient and all work was completed within half a day, complete with clearing the site. Would not hesitate to recommend them.

Crown reduction of large bay tree in conservation area

PO5   |   July 2021

Mike and his team provided a great service. He took time to understand our requirements and provided feedback and expert advice regarding our mature bay tree. On the day, they arrived on time and liaised with us during the work and happy with the result all done at a very reasonable cost. Would happily use the services again.

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