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Diseased tree on your land

Current advice from the Forestry Commission is that there is nothing that you can do about the disease if you discover it on a tree. If the disease progresses to the later stages, then you will need to prune or fell it if the tree is an area where it could be a hazard.

You should not fell a tree just because it has the disease, as some trees may prove to be resistant. Also, ash are very important for wildlife and many species are dependent on them. Mature trees in particular can live with the disease for many years whilst providing a habitat for these species.

Before you do any work to the tree you must check whether it is protected tree by a Tree Preservation Order or a Conservation Area. This can be done online by using our Interactive Planning Map.

If the tree is protected you will need to apply to do works to the tree..

If you have a lot of trees you may need a Felling License.

Replacement planting

Ash make up an estimated 14% of all trees in the High Peak area and it is anticipated that between 50% and 90% of all ash trees will be infected and lost within 10 years. That is a lot of trees. Therefore planting more trees is extremely important. 

The woodland trust supplies trees to community groups.

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