Tree safety work to begin in response to ash dieback

Tree safety work is to take place in and around the Malvern Hills and Commons.

A small number of trees near to highways and properties have been identified by the Malvern Hills Trust to be felled following infection from ash dieback disease.

Jonathan Bills, Conservation Manager said “Unfortunately, the tree disease ash dieback that is changing the English landscape has this year become dangerously apparent around the Hills and Commons.

Trees that are badly affected by the disease and in hazardous positions, such as roadside, are being assessed and some of them will need to be felled this summer.”

Due to the seriousness of the condition of these trees, urgent action needs to be taken.”

Ash dieback is caused by a fungus and causes new growth in ash trees to die.  The disease first arrived in the UK in 2012 and has spread across the country.

More information about ash dieback can be found on the Forestry Research website.