Ash Dieback Disease (Chalara fraxinea)

Birmingham Trees for Life sometimes gets asked questions about this new disease affecting Ash trees in Britain. Below you will find some brief information about the disease, and a link to the Forestry Commission’s website to find out more.

This devastating disease affecting all Ash species spread to the UK during 2012 via imported Ash plants and by windblown spores. Hundreds of sites including nurseries and woodlands have already been affected across the country, but especially in eastern coastal counties. Further spread is expected this year. Some key facts are outlined below:


The number and variety of pests and diseases affecting our trees are increasing, and it is more important than ever that we plant new trees to replace those that we will lose to these new threats.  Phytophthora ramorum, which is also known by its common name of 'sudden oak death', affects many different species, and hundreds of trees at the Lickey Hills have had to be felled because of it.  You may also have noticed many of the horse chestnuts around our streets are not looking very healthy now too, as they are being affected by a number of problems such as bleeding canker.  We have to act now and every year to continue to replenish the city's tree stocks for the future.