Ash Dieback Felling by Unleashed Dog Field
Arboreal works are currently underway as part of Charlton Park Estates management plan on the roadside woodlands and woodlands within the grounds of the estate. Due to these works in and around the woodlands surrounding Unleashed Dog Walking Field the Estate regrettably must close this facility from Monday 16th January to the close of Wednesday 18th January.
Conservation is a key part of the day-to-day management of the Estate but sadly many of our trees suffer from Ash dieback and therefore more aggressive felling and management is needed.
We appreciate that carrying out these works may cause some minimal disruption on the rounds surrounding the estate which, is regrettable and we thank you in advance for your patience. However, the removal of infected trees along these roads and within the body of the Estate are to manage the risk of diseased trees falling in the public highway or within areas of the Estate enjoyed by activities. The works will be carried out by specialist contractors supported by our own Estate team over the forthcoming weeks.
We plan to replant these areas with native species to further support the natural habitats and local wildlife needs.
About Ash dieback
According to the Woodland Trust up to 80% of the UK’s Ash population will suffer from this disease and be lost. Ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) is a fungus which originated in Asia. It doesn’t cause much damage on its native hosts of the Manchurian ash (Fraxinus mandshurica) and the Chinese ash (Fraxinus chinensis) in its native range. However, its introduction to Europe about 30 years ago has devastated the European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) because our native ash species did not evolve with the fungus and this means it has no natural defence against it. For more information visit the Trust Website by clicking here. (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/tree-pests-and-diseases/key-tree-pests-and-diseases/ash-dieback/)