Ash dieback- the story so far

17 October 2013 - Penicuik Library, 19:30- 20:30 (part of the Midlothian Science Festival)

What was the event?

Ash dieback is a fungal disease, which has spread from Europe and is now threatening to devastate Britain’s ash tree population.

Britain has about 80 million ash trees (making up about 5% of all woodland and thousands of miles of hedgerows).

Around 100,000 trees were destroyed in 2012 in an attempt to halt this devastating disease. Yet, the fungus has still been identified in
locations all across the UK – including Scotland.

And the threat poses a serious risk not just to our trees, but also to the plants and animals that depend on them for their survival (from birds to butterflies, and bluebells to beetles)

But what do we know about this fungus and what steps can be taken to limit its impact?

Dr Matt Elliot will explain some of the work that is being done by scientists at Forest Research and how they are working with others to tackle this threat to our ash trees … And introduce some ways YOU can help.