Last year we started to see more significant impacts of the Ash dieback disease in some parts of the UK. Foresters and landowners are asked to continue to be vigilant for signs of infection, and to regularly inspect their ash trees. In particular, they should consider any safety concerns from the risk of falling branches from infected trees.

The Forestry Commission website provides advice and guidance on how to spot, report and manage the disease.

The Government does not encourage the felling of non-infected ash trees or infected trees which do not pose a danger to the public, other than during normal woodland management activities.