Ash Dieback Event

An upcoming forestry event taking place in Northumberland is set to explore the key issues ash dieback poses for landowners with ash trees and woodlands.

The event, titled ‘Identifying, Assessing and Managing Ash Dieback’, is being hosted by the Forestry Commission-funded Northwoods Innovation Programme and will take place at Guyzance Estate near to Alnwick.

Aimed primarily at woodland owners, the event will be delivered in an on-the-ground format, with attendees able to walk through the estate’s woodland accompanied by expert speakers who will demonstrate the issues of ash dieback and provide effective management advice.

The event is free to attend, and will take place on Thursday 28th September, 15.30-18:00. For those interested in registering, they can do so using here.

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The Ash Dieback event is being hosted by the Forestry Commission-funded Northwoods Innovation Programme in Northumberland on Thursday 28th September. Taking place at Guyzance Estate near to Alnwick, the event will be delivered by forestry experts who will take attendees into the woodland, explaining the issues of ash dieback and provide effective management advice.

About Ash Dieback

Ash dieback is a highly destructive disease of ash trees (Fraxinus species), especially the United Kingdom’s native ash species, common ash (Fraxinus excelsior). It is caused by a fungus named Hymenoscyphus fraxineus (H. fraxineus), which is of eastern Asian origin.

The disease is also known as ‘chalara’, ash dieback, and chalara dieback of ash. Calling it ‘chalara’ ash dieback helps to distinguish it from dieback on ash trees caused by other agents.

Chalara ash dieback has the potential to cause significant damage to the UK’s ash population, with implications for woodland biodiversity and ecology, and for the hardwood industries.

A number of growers across the UK produce ash for the timber market. Ash timber is strong, durable, flexible and attractive, with a wide range of practical and decorative uses such as tool handles, flooring, furniture, joinery and sports goods, such as rowing oars and hurley sticks. These industries might be forced to consider alternative materials if the disease causes a shortage of suitable ash timber.


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