Project: Ash Die Back Tree Surgery Project


Barefield, Co. Clare.


What is Ash Die Back / Dieback

Ash die back / dieback (also known as Chalara dieback) is a disease affecting ash trees caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. It has had a significant impact on ash tree populations in Ireland and other parts of Europe. 

This recent Tree Surgery project involved reducing a line of ash trees affected by the ash dieback disease to a secure height. The remaining height serves as both a safe habitat and maintains our clients privacy. 

Points to note: 

Ash dieback was first identified in Ireland in 2012. The disease likely arrived in the country through the importation of infected ash plants.

Widespread Impact:

The disease has spread widely across Ireland, affecting both young and mature ash trees. It poses a significant threat to the country’s ash tree population, which has ecological, economic, and cultural importance.

Symptoms of Ash Die Back:

Ash dieback symptoms include wilting and blackening of leaves, lesions on the bark, and dieback of the tree crown. Infected trees are susceptible to secondary infections and can ultimately die as a result of the disease.

Control Measures:

Efforts have been made to control the spread of ash dieback in Ireland. These measures include the removal and destruction of infected trees, restrictions on the movement of ash wood and plants, and public awareness campaigns to help identify and report infected trees.

Impact on Ecosystems:

Ash trees are a significant component of many Irish ecosystems, and the decline of ash populations due to ash dieback can have cascading effects on biodiversity. The loss of ash trees can impact the habitats they support, affecting various species that depend on them.

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