Managing ash dieback

Edition: Winter 2022

We have developed a programme of inspection and felling to tackle the increasing threat of ash dieback disease affecting trees on council-owned land.

Ash Trees

The programme is helping to determine how we will manage the anticipated risks and issues associated with the spread of ash dieback, a serious fungal disease, across the Horsham District.

It is estimated that up to 90% of all Ash trees in the UK will be affected by ash dieback and ultimately be killed by the disease over the next decade.

There is currently no cure or method of control to prevent or protect against the disease.  Affected trees could pose a significant risk to people and property if not dealt with in a timely fashion.

There will be a phased felling approach targeting woods where the risk is greatest. In most cases the area will be left to naturally re-generate. This is the most environmentally friendly way to re-establish the woodland.

Find out more

For further information about the disease and the programme, please visit our Ash dieback webpage.

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