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Ramblers in ash appeal to walkers

Posted 2 November 2012
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Ramblers in ash appeal to walkers
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Those who go walking in woodland have been offered advice by the Ramblers on how to spot signs of a disease that threatens to wipe out Britain's ash tree population.

Chalara dieback of ash is caused by the the Chalara fraxinea fungus and was absent from the UK until this year, when an outbreak traced to imported Dutch trees was found.

The organisation advised those who like to walk in woodland to look at the Foresty Commission's website to find guidance on how to spot signs of the disease.

It also said people should disinfect their walking boots after a woodland ramble to prevent contamination spreading.

Senior policy officer at the Ramblers Justin Cooke said: "Walkers, who often know their local woodland well, can play an important role in identifying trees which they suspect might be infected and reporting them to the Forestry Commission."

The walking organisation is currently partnering the Tree Council in its autumn Walk in the Woods festival, which started on October 27th and continues until November 4th.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801481657-ADNFCR