Ash Dieback Alert

on Friday, 08 March 2013. Posted in N21 Community

 

Enfield Council would like residents to be on the lookout for ash trees showing signs of the dreaded Ash Dieback. Should you think you have spotted it, the advice is to contact the Forestry Commission or the Council’s arboriculture officers, but don’t touch it or take samples, as this could transfer fungal spores.

 

Here are the tell tale signs

 

 

  • Blackened, dead leaves – may look a bit like frost damage
  • Dark lesions – often long, thin and diamond-shaped – appear on the trunk around the base of dead shoots.
  • The tips of shoots become black and shrivelled.
  • The veins of leaves, normally pale in colour, turn brown.
  • In mature trees, dieback of twigs and branches in the crown, often with bushy growth further down the branches where new shoots have been produced.


In autumn and winter, native ash trees will naturally be shedding their leaves making it very difficult to identify Ash Dieback until they start to come into leaf in April. . All of these symptoms can also be caused by other problems, so final diagnosis should be made by an expert which is why it is important to contact the Council or the Forestry Commission before taking action.

Residents can find out more on the Forestry Commission Website


http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara

 

 

Enfield Council would like residents to be on the lookout for ash trees showing signs of the dreaded Ash Dieback. Should you think you have spotted it, the advice is to contact the Forestry Commission or the Council's arboriculture officers, but don't touch it or take samples, as this could transfer fungal spores.

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