Tackle Ash Dieback

  • Tackle Ash Dieback

Local residents will be aware of the national press publishing details of a new disease which attacks all ash trees. The disease is called Chalara fraxinea but is being referred to as Ash Dieback.

At present we are not an affected area. 

It has been identified in a number of locations including Kent around the Dover and Ashford areas and as more inspections take place it has been reported closer to Thanet District Council’s area. 

The disease is transferred predominantly by wind blown spores and it is likely that it will be seen in Thanet next year or the year after. At present Thanet District Council are awaiting recommendations from Kent County Council and the Government's Forestry Commission.

More details on the disease can be obtained on the Forestry Commission web site http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara and any resident who has questions are recommended to visit this site which is being updated on a regular basis.

Read about how Ash dieback is being managed in Kent (KCC website)

If you think you have spotted the disease, please check the symptoms video and guide on www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara and provide your details on the Tree Alert form you will find there.


Forestry Commission

Chalara helpline:
08459 33 55 77 (open 8am - 6pm every day)

email plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk