Ash Die Back Disease


(This image shows a healthy Ash twig in Primrose Wood)

By now everyone will have heard of this devastating tree disease which is particularly bad in Suffolk.


It is now confirmed at Arger Fen, near Assington, Bull’s Wood in Cockfield, Bonny Wood, near Needham Market, and Comb’s Wood, near Stowmarket, so cases are not far away.  Suffolk has nearly a quarter of the UK’s confirmed cases of ash dieback with one expert claiming the county is on the frontline of the disease’s onslaught.

With this in mind a number of local people have been surveying the trees in Boxford and in Primrose Wood.  At this stage they are pleased to report that no cases have been found although the disease may lie dormant and emerge in the Spring.


Now that most of the leaves have fallen it will be increasingly difficult to recognise the disease.  The following list of features of the disease may help you in keeping a watchful eye on our Ash trees as you go about your daily lives.


Tell tale signs of Ash Die back disease.

  • ·Blackened, dead leaves on the tree (though most have now fallen as they died naturally)
  • ·Dark lesions – often long, thin and diamond-shaped – appear on the trunk around the base of dead shoots
  • ·The tips of shoots become black and shrivelled
  • ·The veins of leaves, normally pale in colour, turn brown
  • ·In mature trees, dieback of twigs and branches in the crown, often with bushy growth further down the branches where new shoots have been produced.


(The attached image shows a healthy Ash twig in Primrose Wood.)



Tina Loose

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