Plea to help save Wiltshire's ash trees

Plea to help save Wiltshire's ash trees

Published by Jack Deery at 5:43am 11th November 2019.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is asking us to help it deal with the effects of a devastating disease.

'Ash dieback' is a tree disease caused by a fungus that releases spores and is likely to kill most of the country's Ash trees. 

It's one of the most common species of tree in the UK and the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust are asking for our help to look after them.

Dr Gary Mantle MBE, Chief Executive of the Trust, said:

"We're devastated by the rapid onset of ash dieback - it has spread faster and further than anyone predicted. Across the county we are already seeing trees dying. Like Dutch Elm Disease in the 1970s, which killed millions of elms, ash dieback will leave Wiltshire's landscape profoundly altered.

The Trust has launched an appeal for donations to help us resource this work and for volunteers to help us identify all the trees that have become infected by the disease."

DANGER TO PUBLIC AND ANIMALS

When a tree becomes infected, it usually proves fatal, killing young ash trees quickly but sometimes taking several years to kill a mature tree. 

Afflicted trees can unexpectedly start to shed limbs, posing a danger to people and wildlife passing below.

As well as being a dominant feature of the landscape, they are home to different animals such as insects, bats, and birds.

To donate to the Trust's work you can visit their website.

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