Crowders News: Our Fight Against Ash Dieback Disease!

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Ash Tree in Autumn


As some of you may already be aware, here at Crowders our Nursery has recently come into contact with Chalara Fraxinea, more commonly known as Ash Dieback. Due to the disease, Crowders Nurseries have been forced to destroy 50,000 Ash Trees and legal action is now being taken.

In 2012 Leicester City Council discovered Chalara Fraxinea in a batch of Trees supplied by Crowders and we were contacted by the Plant Health Unit of FERA and nursery inspections took place. Since this time the disease has been discovered in batch of Ash Trees at our Horncastle Site, but not at Woodhall Spa.

Here at Crowders we have continued to cooperate fully with Plant Health inspectors and it has since been discovered that the disease entered the Nursery through a consignment of Ash Trees purchased from J & A Growers in 2007.

Our Managing Director, Simon Ellis says: “If the government had listened to us over Ash Dieback disease in 2009, we wouldn’t have this situation.

“This is our harvest time and they have cut off our income stream… what other action can we take?”

Here at Crowders we have complied with plant health destruction orders and destroyed all Ash Trees on the Horncastle site. Crowders Nurseries will continue to cooperate, but wish to be treated equally and fairly with the rest of the industry within the EU and the UK.

Crowders will also be calling on the Government to provide full and fair compensation for loss of business, loss of stock, costs of destruction, and damage to reputation caused by publicly quoting details of the incidence of the disease, whilst maintaining confidentiality of other outbreaks. So far the loss has become equal to over £200,000.

Simon Ellis told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “They should have taken it seriously at the time. They chose not to and now we have this really dramatic situation.


Ash Dieback Effects on Wildlife

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I don’t have any Ash Trees – How does this affect me?

Those of us with little enthusiasm for Gardening or Trees in general will be wondering, how does this affect me? In short, it doesn’t affect you personally unless you have a garden full of Ash Trees, however how would you feel if you never saw another Bluebell or a Woodpecker?

Ash Trees provide vital homes and food sources for various plants, birds and insects. Over 100 species of insects are known to live on Ash Trees as well as a variety of Birds.

Further information about Ash Dieback and Wildlife


What is Ash Dieback/Chalara Fraxinea?

Chalara Fraxinea affects all species of Ash Trees and cannot be cured. Fortunately there is a very low possibility of dispersal through clothing, animals or birds.

The spores are produced from infected leaves that are produced during June to September, these spores only affect Ash Trees.

Ash Dieback disease becomes obvious in Trees within months of becoming infected. In some cases, not all Trees die from the infection.

For further information check out this FAQ from the Forestry Commission.

Download a PDF on How to identify Ash Dieback Disease

Watch a Video on How to identify Ash Dieback Disease

To report possible Ash Dieback Cases, contact the Forestry Commision.


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