NewsAsh die-back disease (27-06-19)
A recent survey has revealed that a significant number of ash trees in the Parish appear to be showing the first signs of ash die-back disease - thinning of the leaf canopy, and absence of leaves at the ends of the branches. As the disease progresses, branches will die back and this season's leaves will turn brown and die, looking as if they have been killed by frost. Severely infected trees look like those illustrated below.
Trees vary in their susceptibility to this disease: very young trees can be killed in one season, larger trees may survive for two or three, while mature trees may survive for longer. Some trees which appeared severely affected last year now appear to be recovering, so it is important not to fell trees at the first sign of infection. The disease does make ash trees more susceptible to other fungi, which can give rise to heart rot. Danger signs to look out for are bracket fungi near the base of the trunk or on large branches, and weeping sap. Landowners with severely infected ash trees near to roads are advised to monitor their trees and seek advice.The Leicestershire County Council website has an advice page with links to up to date information sources.
Leicestershire County Council is also operating a scheme offering landowners up to 15 free container-grown trees for planting in the countryside (not gardens) to compensate for the loss of ash trees and to increase biodiversity. There are additional schemes supporting the planting of hedgerows and small woods .