Melbury Ash Trees Felled As Dieback Takes Hold

Around 30% of English trees are ash. That’s why ash dieback is a huge concern.

“Our countryside is changing, unfortunately,” warns Shaftesbury-based tree expert Neil Adlam of Wessex Tree Surgeons. On Monday, the National Trust removed dead ash trees at the foot of Spread Eagle Hill on the C13 road in Melbury Abbas.

Melbury’s Spread Eagle Hill

National Trust ranger Clive Whitbourn tells Alfred that he’s noticed the decimating ash dieback disease take hold in our area. But Neil fears the devastating fungal infection has not reached its peak in Shaftesbury and the villages yet. He is particularly concerned about a beautiful specimen of ash on Park Walk.

In a parallel with the recent pandemic, Neil believes science could provide some hope for the future.

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