Managing ash dieback in Kent
The fungus ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) has now been confirmed as infecting ash trees across Kent (especially within woodland).
Please follow this advice when visiting or working in areas of Kent with confirmed records for the fungus:
- do not remove any plant material (firewood, sticks, leaves or cuttings) from infected woodland or countryside
- where possible, before leaving the infected woodland or countryside, clean soil, mud and leaves from footwear, wheels and tyres
- before visiting other countryside sites, urban green space, garden centres or nurseries thoroughly wash footwear, wheels and tyres
- follow instructions on any official signs.
For more information visit the Forest Research website.
As a practical and cultural response to ash dieback, Kent County Council and Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit initiated the Ash Project. This multi-agency initiative has now launched a project information website providing a valuable resource on this key local risk.