Ash trees are currently suffering from a disease known as “Ash Dieback.” The disease, caused by an invasive fungal infection, causes an Ash to lose its leaves and branches, leaving gnarly diamond-shaped lesions on its bark. Eventually the tree loses too many leaves and cannot capture enough sunlight, leaving it to starve and die.
The dead tree now has a higher chance of falling down. This means that infected trees alongside public pathways become hazards.
Because of this, selected Ash trees on Peel Park and the Coppice LNR will be felled to prevent future safety risks.
The red area shown on the map below has a high concentration of Ash trees with the majority suffering from the disease. This area will have restricted public access while contractors fell trees from 11am-4pm on the following days:
- 6th January 2023
- 13th January 2023
- 20th January 2023
- 27th January 2023
Timber infected with dieback is often unusable in woodworking but will be left on site to rot down and become deadwood. This will benefit a wide variety of invertebrates, fungi and plants. Past and future tree planting will replace the felled Ash.
If you would to get involved in heathland management at Peel Park and the Coppice LNR, then contact Robert at Robert.gabryszak@