About Ash dieback
We have ash trees throughout the city’s 504 hectares of woodlands. They make up about 20 percent (1 in every 5) of our trees.
Like the rest of the country, and especially in the south east, high numbers of our ash trees are infected by Ash dieback.
Ash dieback is impossible to contain. We need to continue to take action as it spreads throughout the city.
Our plan to remove ash trees
We have to remove the diseased trees to ensure people are safe to use our woodlands. This includes ash trees near roads or housing to prevent potential damage to property and traffic.
The Forestry Commission knows about this work and has granted a felling licence.
A city-wide ash dieback regeneration plan has been agreed to enhance and improve the city’s woodlands for the future. This plan includes details for the restocking, regeneration or improvements to each site before the commission will agree.
What happens during and after the work
Tree tops will be left on-site, mostly to feed (habitat stacks and dead hedging) nutrients back into the area.
We'll remove all tree stems from the site where possible. There may be areas where this is not possible and large pieces of timber will remain (such as steep banks and limited areas of access for machinery). This can look untidy, but it has ecological benefits.
We may have to remove some non-ash trees for the following reasons:
- to gain access
- if we see they’re in poor condition
- if they’re Elm trees and diseased
The ash in some locations is difficult to remove without using machinery. This means we may need to remove other tree species to gain access to these areas.
Some young ash trees not showing signs of ash dieback will be left and observed for resistance. A selection of mature ash stems will be left at height as stumps for wildlife habitat.
We're conducting wildlife surveys.
Best practices guidance and wildlife regulations are being observed.
The ecological impact of these works is being carefully considered and minimised as much as possible.
We might contact you
We might contact you if we're working in your area.
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What we've done so far
Last year, we removed ash trees from 6 sites.
We have planned for planting and tree selection and orders have been processed. The natural regeneration of these woods has been slow this year due to weather conditions. However, when the planting has started, the trees will begin to develop in the next few years.