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Help prevent the spread of Ash tree disease whilst you're out and about

Dec 03

Ash dieback fungas (Chalara fraxinusis) is now in the UK and spreading. You may be able to help slow its progress whilst you are out and about exploring in the OutdoorsWest area.

South Gloucestershire Council introduces this by explaining what to do in their area, and we report on a new smartphone app produced by the University of East Anglia to help identify and report signs of the disease, which you can use everywhere.

News release from South Gloucestershire Council on the 3rd December at:

Ash die back originated in Europe and has spread into the UK, including parts of South Gloucestershire.

Symptoms of the disease include leaf death, with dead leaves typically hanging on the tree. This is followed by death of the tree’s branches.

Council officers are urging members of the public to report suspected sightings of the disease, to help monitor the spread of the disease.

Residents are also being advised to make sure that leaves from affected trees are burnt on site, to destroy spores that spread the disease.

Detailed advice on identifying cases of Ash die back is provided on the council’s website at

Trees on private land are the responsibility of the landowner, and the council website includes advice on choosing a tree surgeon for people who may need to deal with affected trees.

Environmental services manager Jonathan Munslow said: "As a largely rural area South Gloucestershire has many Ash trees and it’s vital that we monitor and deal with the disease where it occurs.

"We want people to let us know where they see the disease and also to take care when disposing of leaves from affected trees.

He added: "Detailed advice on identifying the disease is provided on our web site. It’s important to remember that Ash trees are among the latest to leaf in the Spring, so people should look carefully for tell-tale signs of the disease."

Members of the public can report suspected sightings of the disease by telephoning 01454 868000 or emailing the team at

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The Ashtag app by the University of East Anglia

If you've got an Apple or Android smartphone, you can download a free app to help you identify and report cases of Ash dieback disease.

AshTag helps to identify and report incidences of the Ash dieback fungus. AshTag is rapidly-built app aimed at helping to identify and report incidences of the Ash dieback fungus, or Chalara fraxinus.

The project is being led by the University of East Anglia's Adapt Group, and has the support of most key forestry and wildlife agencies. More info at

Download the app here:

Ashtag on Google Play (for Android devices)

AshTag app on Android

Ashtag on App Store (for Apple iOS devices)

AshTag for iOS Apple devices