Ash die-back is one of a series of diseases which pose a huge risk to Devon’s trees. With the disease already widely distributed across the county, we expect over 90% our native ash trees to be lost over the coming years.
DCC is working closely with the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum to promote awareness of the disease and to encourage timely action to address the public safety and environmental implications. If you would like more information, please take a look at the new web site at: www.devonashdieback.org.uk
A digital ‘postcard’ is available here:- Ash Dieback Postcard A6 proof2, in case you would like to forward it on to others.
Promoting Tree Planting
Never before has there been a more urgent need to promote new tree planting, particularly to help compensate for the millions of ash trees that will be lost across Devon, but also in response to the Devon Climate Emergency.
We will be launching a ‘Free Tree Scheme’ over the coming week, working in partnership with The Woodland Trust. Packs of native broadleaves will be supplied to property / land owners who are willing to plant and maintain these. Although only a small-scale ‘trial’ in the first instance, we will be working with the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum to extend this over the coming few years. We also hope to encourage a few Parish / Town Councils to plant a ‘landmark tree’ (i.e. specimen trees, intended to be planted in prominent locations with public visibility and access), by also making these available free of charge. Details of these schemes will be published on the ash dieback web (link above).