Forestry Commission Scotland has alerted us to a rapid survey of ash trees that FCS staff will be undertaking in the next week and to seek the cooperation of Scotland's landowners and land managers in carrying out this urgent exercise.
Forestry Commission Scotland is participating in a rapid GB-wide survey with the aim of getting information about the geographic spread of Chalara dieback of ash in order to inform appropriate control actions. The whole country has been divided into 10km grid squares and 4 sites containing ash will be surveyed in each square (where ash is present). FCS staff will therefore be undertaking this work over the next week.
Under normal circumstances, FCS would have been contacting landowners to seek prior permission to access their woodlands, but, unfortunately, the urgent nature of this survey means that there is not time to contact each owner. Scottish Land & Estates would, however, strongly encourage our members to facilitate this urgent survey wherever possible.
The survey staff have been asked to be as considerate as possible in selecting their sites, but members should also be aware that the staff conducting this survey are empowered to access land in pursuit of this survey under the Plant Health Act 1967.
For more information on Chalara Dieback of Ash see: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-8w9euv