Further to the information provided in last weeks E-News relating to the rapid national survey of ash trees, we are getting in touch to highlight our latest Information Sheet on Chalara dieback of ash which you can find here.
The primary source of information is www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara. These web pages contain guidance on symptoms and provide an overview of the latest information. As the situation changes these pages will be updated to keep all interested parties informed.
FCS staff are currently surveying ash trees to assess the extent of the issue and they are treating Chalara fraxinea as a 'quarantine' plant pathogen, which means that they may use emergency powers to contain or eradicate it when it is found. This is being done in the form of Statutory Plant Health Notices which will be served on affected owners.
Scottish Land & Estates will monitor the situation closely and will be asking for extra financial support for any owners affected by a Plant Health Notice. If you have any queries contact Andrew Midgley on 0131 653 5400.