The Council reported in its Autumn/Winter newsletter that ash dieback disease has arrived at Wapley Bushes Nature Reserve.

Ash dieback is a fungus that came from Asia, crossed Europe and is now sweeping the UK. It kills around 95% of affected ash trees. There is no cure – the best remedy is replanting with other native species to keep the right habitat for birds, woodland creatures, insects, fungi and other plants. Ash dieback particularly affects Wapley Bushes because most of the tallest trees in the woods are ash.

Major tree works will be needed at Wapley, followed by a replanting programme.  You can read more below on our ‘Ash Dieback Disease at Wapley’ page.  We will update the page as the project progresses.