Monday, October 29, 2012

Ash Dieback Disease

Help identify the spread of the disease.

Too little too late? That is the question. Have the Powers That Be been a bit slow off the mark to do something about the spread of this disease? The Chalara Fraxinea Fungus appears to be spreading throughout the South of England. The BBC reports that 100,000 trees have now been destroyed to try and prevent the spread of the disease; they also report that 90% of the Ash population of Denmark has been killed by this disease! As clearly this would not have just happened over night, why were measures not put in place long before now to prevent the spread of the disease to the UK?.

We all need to help monitor the local Ash population for signs of this disease. A mobile App has been launched to try and map the spread of the disease. The Ashtag App allows the user to upload pictures and report possible sightings. This information is then passed onto the Forestry Commission. 

For more info on what to look for, check out http://www.forestry.gov.uk/ashdieback.

Let's all keep our eyes open for this one!

Posted by James on 29/10 at 08:38 PM
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