Fareham Borough Council has confirmed that no evidence of Ash Dieback (Chalara Fraxinea) has been found in Fareham or Hampshire, but is asking residents to remain vigilant and visit the Forestry Commission's website http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara for advice on how to spot and report the disease.
Ash dieback is a disease of ash trees caused by a fungus which results in leaf loss and dieback and may lead to tree death.
Fareham Borough Council's Tree Officers, Countryside Officers, Grounds Maintenance staff and their volunteer groups will remain alert and report any symptoms to the Council's Tree Team who will then contact the Forestry Commission.
Councillor Keith Evans, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Environment, said:"There has been no evidence of Ash Die Back in Fareham and we have put in place monitoring arrangements to make sure we can respond quickly if we need to. Further advice from the Government is due at the end of November and the Council and the Forestry Commission will update our websites accordingly."
For further information please visit the Trees Page at www.fareham.gov.uk contact the Tree Team on 01329 236100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For Further Information Contact:
Roy Brown, Customer Engagement Manager, tel: 01329 824409
fax: 01329 824505, e-mail: email@example.com
This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council’s website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases