Defra Say Focus Now on Slowing Spread of Chalara Rather than Eradicating

Defra – update to Interim Chalara Control Plan Chalara Can’t be Stoppped  – Focus now on Reducing the Rate of Spread Chalara Ash tree dieback is caused by the Chalara fraxinea fungus. It has already affected a high proportion of ash trees in Northern Europe. It was discovered for the first time in Great Britain […]

ICF Welcomes Government Control Plan for Chalara

Media Release ICF Welcomes Government Control Plan for Chalara   Following today’s (6 December 2012) publication  of the Defra interim control plan for Chalara fraxinea, or ash dieback, Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), commented on the plan and the crucial role that the ICF and its members are […]

ICF and Ash Dieback

ICF and Ash Dieback The ICF is fully involved with the developing response to the ash dieback crisis caused by Chalara fraxinea. We are part of a core group set up by Defra to assist government to develop its response. We have been represented at all recent stakeholder meetings with government in England (and will […]

Ash Dieback Confirmed in Six More Counties

Ash Dieback Confirmed in Six More Counties Further cases of the tree disease Chalara, also known as ash dieback, have been confirmed in woodland in Sussex, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Northumberland after an unprecedented survey of Britain’s established woodlands. The disease has now been confirmed in 115 sites: in 15 nurseries, 39 planting sites […]

Scottish Ash Rapid Response Survey Completed

Scottish Ash Rapid Response Survey Completed The Institute of Chartered Foresters can confirm that the rapid action Chalara survey carried out by Forestry Commission Scotland has now been completed. In the sample survey, which covered 80,000kmsq and lasted five days, 5 per cent of the sites investigated showed potential symptoms of the disease and will now […]

ICF Welcomes Ban on Ash Imports

ICF Welcomes Ban on Ash Imports The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) welcomes the environment minister Owen Paterson’s decision to ban all imports of Ash trees and impose tight restrictions on its movements in the UK from Monday 29 October. The ICF, the National Trust and the Woodland Trust had submitted a joint response to […]

Efforts Stepped Up to Tackle Disease of Ash Trees

Efforts Stepped Up to Tackle Disease of Ash Trees Plant health authorities across the United Kingdom have stepped up their efforts to tackle a new disease of ash trees. Work to combat Chalara dieback of ash has been under way for some months. The Forestry Commission and the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) are […]

Government Considers Ban on Ash Tree Movements

Government Considers Ban on Ash Tree Movements The United Kingdom Government is considering legislation to ban the movement of ash trees from areas where the destructive Chalara dieback disease of ash trees might be present, the Forestry Commission and the Food & Environment Research agency (Fera) announced today. The announcement follows the discovery of ash […]

Information on Chalara Dieback in Ash Trees

Information on Chalara Dieback in Ash Trees Chalara dieback of ash trees has been found in four tree nurseries in England and at three sites which were recently planted with ash trees – at a Forestry Commission Scotland woodland west of Glasgow, at a Leicester car park, and in the grounds of a South Yorkshire […]

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