The green landscapes of the UK have long been graced by the presence of ash trees. However, a looming threat known as ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) is casting a shadow over these iconic trees. As a tree surgery company dedicated to preserving and caring for our arboreal treasures, it's crucial to understand this disease, its impact, and what we can do to combat it.

What is Ash Dieback?

Ash dieback is a fungal disease that affects ash trees, causing leaf loss, crown dieback, and ultimately, the death of the tree. Originating from Asia, where local ash species are resistant, the fungus was first detected in Europe in the 1990s. It spread rapidly and was confirmed in the UK in 2012. Since then, it has been a significant concern for arborists, ecologists, and landowners.

tree with ash dieback


Symptoms to Watch For

Identifying ash dieback early can help in managing its spread and impact. Here are the key symptoms to look for:

  • Leaf Discoloration and Wilting: Leaves may develop dark lesions, often at the base, and wilt during the growing season.
  • Crown Dieback: Progressive dieback of shoots and branches starting from the top of the tree.
  • Bark Lesions: Dark, sunken lesions may appear on the trunk and branches, often accompanied by a diamond-shaped pattern.
  • Epicormic Growth: The tree may produce new shoots from the base or lower trunk as a stress response.

Managing Ash Dieback

While there's no cure for ash dieback, several strategies can help manage its spread and mitigate its impact:

  • Monitoring and Early Detection: Regular inspections of ash trees for symptoms can help in early intervention.
  • Selective Felling: Removing infected trees, especially those posing safety risks, can slow the spread and protect other trees.
  • Promoting Resistance: Some ash trees show natural resistance to the fungus. Supporting breeding programs and planting resistant strains can aid long-term recovery.
  • Public Awareness and Involvement: Educating the public about ash dieback and encouraging reporting of symptoms can enhance community-based management efforts.

How We Can Help

As a professional tree surgery company, we offer comprehensive services to address ash dieback:

  • Tree Inspections and Diagnosis: Our trained arborists can accurately identify ash dieback and assess the health of your trees.
  • Safe Tree Removal: If a tree needs to be felled, we ensure it's done safely and responsibly, minimizing impact on the surrounding environment.
  • Management Plans: We develop tailored management plans to protect healthy trees and manage infected ones.
  • Consultation and Advice: We provide expert advice on replacement planting and care for ash and other species.



Ash dieback is a challenging and ongoing issue in the UK, but with informed action and professional care, we can mitigate its impact and work towards a resilient future for our woodlands. If you suspect your ash trees are affected or want to learn more about how to protect them, don’t hesitate to contact us. Together, we can help preserve the beauty and biodiversity of our natural landscape.

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