Plant health inspector confirms ash dieback disease in Guernsey

November 14th, 2012 by States of Guernsey Commerce and Employment Department

An ash tree showing signs of the ash dieback disease caused by the fungus, Chalara fraxinea (click image to expand - image courtesy of the States of Guernsey Department of Commerce & Employment)

The first case of ash dieback has been confirmed in Guernsey. The disease, caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea was found on recently imported ash trees at a site in the south east of Guernsey.

All 86 ash trees from the consignment have been removed and destroyed.

It is to be hoped that the landowner’s positive co-operation by agreeing to the prompt removal and destruction of all the young trees in the plantation, even before the positive lab diagnosis was received, may have dealt with this outbreak.

A diseased ash tree (click image to expand - image courtesy of the States of Guernsey Department of Commerce & Employment)

Mr Nigel Clark, Plant Health Inspector for Guernsey said “this finding underlines the importance of inspecting all recently imported ash trees. Finding infection early before it becomes established is essential if the islands ash trees are to be protected.”

Strict import controls on Ash trees are in place and the monitoring of all known sites planted in the last three years will continue.

Anyone who has planted ash trees in the past three years are asked to notify Plant Health at the States of Guernsey Department Commerce & Employment so that their trees can be inspected.

Anyone with older ash trees on their land are also being asked to check their trees for symptoms.

Nigel Clark, Plant Health Inspector is located at Raymond Falla House, Longue Rue, St Martin and can be contacted on 234567 or by emailing [email protected]

An ash branch showing signs of the fungal disease caused by Chalara fraxinea (click image to expand - image courtesy of the States of Guernsey Department of Commerce & Employment)

 

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