Great Yarmouth Borough escapes Ash Dieback tree disease - for now

A diamond shape lesion on an Ash tree infected with the Chalara ash tree disease in Wayland Wood near Watton. Photograph Simon Parker A diamond shape lesion on an Ash tree infected with the Chalara ash tree disease in Wayland Wood near Watton. Photograph Simon Parker

Thursday, November 22, 2012
5:26 PM

Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s tree officer has said that anyone who finds the fungal disease Ash Dieback on a tree should contact specialists or the government.

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Inter nodal discolouration on an Ash tree infected with the Chalara ash tree disease in Wayland Wood near Watton. Photograph Simon ParkerInter nodal discolouration on an Ash tree infected with the Chalara ash tree disease in Wayland Wood near Watton. Photograph Simon Parker

Ash Dieback is a fungal disease that has swept the globe and recently emerged in England, killing trees. People across the country are urged to contact the Forestry Commission (FC) or the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if they spot it.

Patrick Tabor, council tree officer, said: “We have had a few calls from people that we have directed to the FC, but no actual cases.

“It is not the right time to check now, we have to wait until spring to see if it emerges in Yarmouth.

“We have not seen it on our trees. We will keep an eye on trees that belong to us but if people see it on privately owned trees they should make a call to the FC.”

Mr Tabor said ash trees can be found all over the borough, mainly in parks such as St George’s and Gorleston Recreation Ground and they commonly grow in people’s gardens.

He said that to detect the disease on a tree people should look out for the normally elephant-grey bark of an adult ash tree turning brown and lesions on the bark.

If you spot the disease call the FC hotline on 08459 33 55 77.

2 comments

  • We have a tree officer!!!!, maybe he should have a wonder around the Cemetaries in town & get something done about the dead trees, surely these are dangerous. Many a time after high winds the grounds are littered with dead wood that's fallen.

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    Cynic

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • We have a tree officer!!!!, maybe he should have a wonder around the Cemetaries in town & get something done about the dead trees, surely these are dangerous. Many a time after high winds the grounds are littered with dead wood that's fallen.

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    Cynic

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

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