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Ash Dieback/Managing woodlands

Episode 12 of 24

Brett Westwood examines the likely impacts of Ash dieback on our wildlife and how serious a threat diseases are to our trees in general.

"Plant a tree in 73" became a national slogan and very large numbers of trees have been planted over the decades since.

Ash die back has been widely reported in many programmes, especially news, in recent weeks and in this programme we ask whether the call to plant trees and desire to create new woodlands has in any way contributed to this fungal attack on Ash trees. We also ask how serious a threat diseases are to our trees.

Also in the programme - News from around the world with our regular news reporter, Kelvin Boot. And we'll update you on the activities of the Open University's iSpot.

Presenter: Brett Westwood
Producer: Mary Colwell.

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28 minutes

Ash Dieback

Ash Dieback

Ash Dieback is a fungal disease caused by the fungus Chalara Fraxinea.  Widely found across Europe, the disease reportedly killed large numbers of trees in Poland in 1992.

Earlier this year the disease was confirmed in the UK when a consignment of infected trees from the Netherlands arrived in a Buckinghamshire nursery.  More recently cases have been found in the wider natural environment presenting a risk to the UK's population of 80 million Ash trees.

Image courtesy of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.


  • Tue 20 Nov 2012 11:00
  • Thu 22 Nov 2012 21:00

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