Ash dieback (Chalara)

Ash dieback, also known as Chalara, is a disease that is killing ash trees across Europe.

The disease, if left unmanaged, will have a significant impact on biodiversity and the landscape and, because ash trees often line roads and Public Rights of Way, could lead to dead trees causing obstructions or injuries.

Norfolk County Council is only responsible for trees growing on council property which includes adopted highway verges.

In almost all cases, trees that are next to roads and Public Rights of Way are the responsibility of the adjacent landowner.

To help us manage the disease, our Environment Transport and Development committee have commissioned a 3 year ash dieback project to assess the number and health of ash trees on or within falling distance of roads and council property. Tree inspections are carried out in accordance with our Tree Safety Management policy and Addendum 1 – Chalara.

We have also set up partnerships with the Forestry Commission, John Innes Research Centre, Tree Council, Suffolk County Council and the Woodland Trust to help with research into the disease, management and replanting. As part of this partnership we have provided the land to the Forestry Commission for 2 trial sites to identify resistance factors in young Ash trees at Strumpshaw and Dell Corner lane, Burlingham.

For more information on Ash dieback, including how to recognise the disease, visit the Forestry Commission website.