Ash dieback control plan welcome

Tuesday 26th March 2013

Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson MP, today publishes the Government’s management plan for tackling ash die back.

The Wildlife Trusts welcome the emphasis on reducing its spread, developing genetic resistance and increasing the ecological resilience of our woodlands.  This needs to be done urgently as part of wider efforts to secure nature's recovery.

The Wildlife Trusts will continue to play our part in helping to address this, and other, diseases through the mechanisms Government has now set out.

Paul Wilkinson, The Wildlife Trusts’ Head of Living Landscape, said:

“It is reassuring that a science-led and precautionary approach is being adopted to address the disease in the Chalara Management Plan.  We welcome the long-term objective to promote genetic resistance to this disease so that ash woodlands can naturally regenerate over time.

“Protecting our ash woodlands by maintaining movement restrictions, surveying and monitoring signs of dieback and implementing practical field-based work should give them the best chance to adapt and survive.  The Wildlife Trusts will continue to play our part in helping to address this, and other, diseases through the mechanisms Government has now set out.”

Ash dieback
Ash dieback was first discovered at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Lower Wood nature reserve, Ashwellthorpe and then Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Arger Fen nature reserve. For more information about The Wildlife Trusts and ash dieback, visit http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/ashdieback

You can read Defra's Chalara Management Plan here

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