Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea. It has been brought into this country through the import of infected young trees.
Ash Die-back Disease is being treated as a quarantine pest under national emergency measures, and it is important that suspected cases of the disease are reported to the Forestry Commission or FERA (Food and Environment Research Agency) / DEFRA Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs).
If you think you may have an infected tree, contact a qualified tree surgeon who can advise you.
The Forestry Commission website provides detailed information on Chalara fraxinea under the following headings:
- Outbreak stage
- Reporting suspect cases - 08459 33 55 77 (open 8am - 6pm every day)
- The disease
- Import and movement restriction.
The website address is http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara
DEFRA have produced a management plan detailing the response to Ash Chalara which updates their interim control plan that was published on the 6 December 2012. This can be viewed here: http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/2013/03/26/pb13936-chalara-management-plan/
Newcastle City Council are remaining vigilant with regard to its own tree stock and urge private landowners and the public to do the same.