A practical four-point plan to help local authorities fight ash dieback.
Read our Ash Dieback Action Plan Toolkit here
Ash dieback is the most significant tree disease to hit the UK since Dutch Elm disease emerged in the 1970s.
The plan, to be circulated as an easy-to-use “toolkit”, is designed to:
- Raise awareness of the disease
- Help councils create local action plans
- Identify best practice for managing non-woodland trees
- Advise on recovery and creation of alternative treescapes
Ash is the third most common tree in Britain and there are up to 60 million ash trees outside woodlands in the UK. Ash dieback was first officially recorded in the UK in 2012, with only a small fraction of trees proving resistant.
The Ash Dieback Action Plan Toolkit, prepared by The Tree Council and Fera Science Limited (formerly the Food and Environment Research Agency) with the support of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), brings together guidance and case studies from local authorities already tackling the issue.
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Action Plan Template
An up to date version of the Template Action Plan Document mentioned in the Toolkit can be downloaded here.
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Ash Dieback Action Plan Case Studies