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Enfield Council are asking residents of the borough to help them identify any ash trees that are showing signs of Ash Dieback disease.

 

There are several key signs to look out for which can help to identify Ash Dieback:

  • Blackened, dead leaves – may look a bit like frost damage.
  • Dark lesions – often long, thin and diamond-shaped – appear on the trunk around the base of dead shoots.
  • The tips of shoots become black and shrivelled.
  • The veins of leaves, normally pale in colour, turn brown.
  • In mature trees, dieback of twigs and branches in the crown, often with bushy growth further down the branches where new shoots have been produced.

So far no diseased trees have been found in the borough.  If anyone thinks they have found a tree showing signs of the disease, they are asked not to try to take samples, which could help spread the diseaase, but instead to contact the Council or Forestry Commission.

For more information, see the Council Website.

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