Ash dieback, formerly known as Chalara, affects ash trees & is caused by a fungal pathogen. The fungus (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) arrived from Asia to Europe during the 1990’s & spread rapidly across Europe.
Why is Ash Dieback a problem?
Ash dieback will have wide ranging implications in terms of the woodland environmental impact to owner mitigation. These impacts may be realised in the following ways:
- Public Liability / Corporate Risk – Dying or dead Ash trees could lead to limb or tree failure resulting in falling branches or the tree falling over.
- Economic Impact – There maybe additional cost implications & loss of timber income - Assumption: 75% (Ash) mortality rate with £400 (excluding inspection) average cost of (each tree) removal (Ash Dieback, An Action Plan Toolkit (Summer 2019 update)
- Potential Health and Safety Risks to Public and infrastructure – we are involved with councils to assist in a programme of mitigation for Ash Dieback.
- Loss of biodiversity and carbon sequestration with dead or dying trees.
What we can do & what we can offer
Stobart Forestry can offer an initial Woodland Assessment and Survey to ascertain the extent of Ash composition in woodlands. We can also identify potential risk areas where mitigation could be implemented.
Explanation & guidance of potential government grants to help cover the costs of replanting.
Close working relationship with specialist low impact Operators with extensive knowledge in statutory plant health notice (SPHN) works.
Replanting / Restocking assistance to replace Ash trees lost to Ash Dieback.
Timber market access for potential products from Ash trees.