dieback disease – which threatens 80 million UK Ash
trees – has been found on mature trees in Somerset
for the first time.
dieback is a fungal disease (which doesn’t affect cider
apple trees) that will inevitably have a devastating effect
on UK wildlife.
of Ash trees in Denmark have been attacked by the disease and the
vast majority have died. The symptoms of Ash Dieback are wilting,
brown leaf tips and lesions on shoots and branches.
species of British fauna are dependent upon Ash for their survival
and the trees are a major part of UK woodland cover.
disease seems to affect newly planted trees first and then spreads
to mature specimens. Young trees near Nether Stowey were found with
Ash Dieback last year but mature trees near Minehead were found
to be affected last month.
is hope that some affected mature trees are surviving attacks from
the disease, which in turn fosters hope that it may be possible
to develop trees with greater resistance.
more work needs to be done and government needs to spend much more
than the pittance that has already been donated to research.