Experts are calling for a “tree planting army” to help combat the devastation caused by Ash Dieback.
The Woodland Trust says the loss of 12 million trees to the disease could prove “could prove disastrous both for wildlife and our cherished landscapes”.
The trust has mapped 280 million trees across England and Wales and compared different scenarios when ash trees are lost within woodlands and in the wider countryside. The results suggests that even minimal tree loss would have a huge impact on the connectivity of the landscape.
They are providing 1,000 subsidised ‘Disease recovery packs’ of trees specifically to be planted in a pilot in Kent and Sussex.