Ash chapter must now be rewritten

The outbreak of Chalara fraxinea rewrites the future of ash in Britain. Read More


Chalara fraxinea has been wild in Britain for at least two years

After probably the largest-ever rapid survey of Britain’s woodlands, incidences of Chalara fraxinea have been found in a possible 100 sites across the East and South of England. It is clear also that the pathogen has been present for at least two years if not longer. Read More

On the hunt to capture England’s last remaining mature elm trees

The authors recently travelled to East Sussex on the hunt to find some of England’s last remaining mature elm trees. East Sussex is one of the last strongholds for the elm, where it is assisted in its battle to survive the continuing onslaught of Dutch Elm Disease by a special project run by East Sussex… Read More

Sweet chestnut blight found in Britain

The fungus that wiped out 3.5 billion chestnut trees in the USA has been found for the first time in Britain. Chestnut blight, caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica (C. parasitica), has been confirmed by Forest Research scientists on trees in two small orchards of European sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa). The trees were imported by… Read More