Ash dieback

Ash dieback affects most varieties of ash, and has been confirmed in the Waverley area.

What is ash dieback?

Ash dieback (ADB) is a fungal disease spread by spores that causes dieback of the tree's crown.

This eventually leads to the tree dying either due to the disease or a secondary influence, such as Honey Fungus, which can cause the tree to fail at the roots.

ADB kills saplings and young trees very quickly; older and larger trees may take years to succumb to the disease. It is unlikely that any cure or prevention measures will be available in the near future.

Ash dieback  

Identifying ash dieback

The video below, produced by the Forestry Commision, shows how to identify ash dieback. 

What we are doing about ash dieback

Our Parks and Countryside team is responsible for trees on council-owned land.

We are monitoring Ash trees on these sites and carrying out the removal of infected trees if they are at a level of decline where it is no longer safe to keep the tree, but still safe for a tree surgeon to remove.

Where Ash trees do not pose a risk to the public, they will be allowed to decline naturally.

We are currently carrying out works to deal with ash dieback at:

  • Guildford Road, GU6 8PT          
  • Bedlow Lane, GU6 7DN   
  • Stroud Common, GU5 0TB     
  • Grayswood Church
  • Norley Common, GU5 0PT    
  • Rushett Common, GU5 0LG
  • Baynards, RH12 3AD
  • Broadwater Park                  
  • Shamley Green

These works are taking place during winter 2018/19 to avoid bird breeding season.

How can I report a suspected sighting of ash dieback?

On Waverley-owned land:

Report a tree issue online or email parks&

On non-Waverley land:

Contact the Forestry Commission

Useful links

The Forestry Commission is the government agency responsible for ADB.

Page owner: Henry Ascoli. Last updated: 14/01/2019 17:15

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