Chalara ash disease – learning to live with it?

Reblogged from the tree diseases and pests website:

Trees need help

It’s official – chalara ash disease is here to stay. For confirmation, you need look no further than the front page title of the Government’s ‘Chalara Management Plan’, published on Tuesday 26th March. The interim version of the report, back in November last year, bore the label ‘Control Plan’. So it’s clear that, since then, the Government have got the message that chalara ash disease cannot be controlled, that it cannot be eradicated, there is no available cure or antidote that could be used on a wide scale and so the focus for action must now switch to how we manage the impact of the disease.

The Woodland Trust took every opportunity to offer our advice and views to Defra as the plan was being developed. So we find ourselves in the strange situation of welcoming the report (because it reflects some of our key views and concerns) but becoming increasingly alarmed by the really unwelcome news it brings in confirming the scale and seriousness of the problem.

It’s good to see the detail that we pushed for is in the plan; better practical guidance and financial assistance for landowners to help…

Read the full blog here…


About Kay Haw

Assistant Conservation Adviser, Woodland Trust. Nature is my passion, especially woods and trees which are just amazing elements of life. One day (soon) I hope we humans learn to work in harmony with Mother Earth.
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6 Responses to Chalara ash disease – learning to live with it?

  1. Kay Haw says:

    Thank you very much for all your comments and reblogs!! We really appreciate your support and input.

  2. CC says:

    Copied from previous ” Is FC safe ?” thread posted earlier today.

    “The map showing the spread of confirmed cases of Chalara has recently been updated$FILE/UK_outbreak_map_13-03-25_Map2b.pdf

    It seems clear from the distribution of the outbreaks that we are dealing with at least two probable sources of infection ~ windblown from across the Channel/North Sea infecting trees in areas such as East Anglia/ Kent and Sussex. and infections on recently planted areas where the spore could well have been nurtured in tree nurseries. It was of course first reported as being present in stock found in a Buckinghamshire Nursery last spring.

    It’s very easy to be wise after the event ~ we have a natural tendancy to blame Governments and their various agencies for allowing an infection to be spread. But responsibilities need to be shared by all involved in the industry and lessons need to be learnt.

    The writing has been on the wall for some years ~ the information on the spread of Chalara across Europe was available to tree growers in trade publications and the internet. On recognising the threat, the Horticulteral trade body even sent a delegation to Europe and returned to advise Government of the approaching risks. But they seem to have done nothing to advise their own members ~ some nurseries continued to source some of their stock from seeds that were germinated in European nurseries. The apparent rapid spread of the disease across the UK must surely have been helped by our own commercial trade practices.

    Where the disease is spread by the wind there is very little you can do to stop this happening. Where you are planting trees however we need to be more thorough in investigating the source of the supply. Attitudes have to change ~ the source of the supply is more important than cost and availability.”

  3. June Mccarthy says:

    The felling of 100 million ash trees in America has been linked to an increase in the numbers of people dying from heart and lung diseases. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine reported on the findings of researchers , including the US Department of Agriculture. It is estimated that 21, 000 deaths over a six year period were linked to a loss of trees.

    Trees are directly and inextricably linked to people’s health and welfare, which has impact on the economy. Sick people cost the economy and can not contribute as effectively as when they are healthy. Trees help to keep people healthy, mentally and physically. We need to make sure we plant more trees than we destroy, and plant as many as possible to remove the pollutant particles that damage people’s lungs.

  4. Peter Kyte says:

    I think the problem is with our government, everything is seen from a financial perspective and that their green credentials tend to be rhetoric rather than a true commitment to the natural environment. This viewpoint can of course be exploited for the good of the environment as long as we can show that there are financial advantages in doing so.

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