Chalara and Species Choice Seminar, Devauden

15 May 2013

What was the event?

An information day aimed at the private sector to provide up-to-date information on the science behind Chalara fraxinea, how it affects ash in Wales, how far the disease might spread over what timescale, the policy position and grant support mechanisms, and actions recommended for woodland owners/ managers over steps to take and alternative species to plant.

Each of the two days included a site visit. Propellar bootwash was provided at each site on the day.

A brief summary of the aims and objectives of the event:

  • The latest understanding of the biology of the causal fungus of Chalara ash dieback
  • Discussion around the Wales Chalara Management Plan, approved by Alun Davies, Minister of Natural Resources & Food, April 2013
  • The mechanism for obtaining further grant to replant the ash component in WG funded woodland planting schemes
  • A discussion around the steps woodland owners and their agents should be considering taking to secure their woodland investments

The event was a seminar with a morning indoor session and a site visit in the afternoon. Speakers include Joan Webber (FR), John Browne (NRW to speak on behalf of the new Welsh Government forestry policy division), Stuart Gray (Welsh Government, to talk on grants through Glastir Woodland Management), and Confor (speaker TBC, to give practical advice to woodland owners).

FR’s main involvement was to provide an expert update on the latest science known about the causal fungus, Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus.
See the event flyer for more information.

Who was the event suitable for?

Private sector woodland owners/managers, forestry and tree care professionals, and anyone interested in the practical consequences of the spread of Chalara fraxinea across Wales and the UK.

Where did the event take place?

Hood Memorial Hall
Devauden Road
Near Chepstow
NP16 6PE
Tel: 01291 123456


For further information please contact:

Owen Davies, Natural Resources Wales
email:, mob: 07867 602181