Thursday, November 22, 2012
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.
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.