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My Tree My Responsibility

My Tree My Responsibility

Ash Dieback South West are saddened by the devastation caused by Ash Dieback or Chalara and committed to helping inform and advise in any way we can.

The latest information shows that Ash Dieback has now taken hold across much of the UK, including Devon. The disease will have a major impact on Devon’s Ash Trees and countryside, which is populated with hedges, hedgerow trees, small copses and woodland. Evidence states we will lose over 95% of Ash Trees, which will no doubt result in the character of our landscape changing dramatically, with loss of trees, hedgerows and the wildlife that resides in them.

Where you come in?

My Tree My Responsibility.   My Tree My Responsibility is a campaign launched by Devon County Council in July 2019 and is their latest effort to raise public awareness about ash dieback. It promotes the following:-

  • Check ash trees in land under your control for signs of the disease. See our information page ‘here’ to see what to look for.
  • Don’t wait until Ash dieback makes an older tree unstable. 
  • If you are a landowner, you are responsible for managing the health and safety risks from dead and dying trees on your land. Monitor trees near highways and rights of way or areas with high levels of public access for signs of the disease, and if risk assessments show these as a hazard, plan careful pruning or felling by an Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor such as Teign Trees & Landscapes SW Ltd

There are numerous signs to look out for on ash trees. Many of these can also be caused by other problems, so accurate diagnosis should be made by an expert. 

Across the county there are around 448,000 ash trees within falling distance of the highway that are owned by third parties or on unregistered land. The overall cost of felling all of these ash trees could be more than £70 million.

“All landowners should ensure that any trees on their land, particularly ash trees alongside public roads and rights of way, are professionally inspected while in leaf to determine how urgently they might need attention. We also need communities and landowners to establish new plantings of different tree species to replace ash trees that will be lost.”

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