However, the loss of ash could have an even more profound impact on our local wildlife. Because of their loosely-branched structure and small leaves, ash trees allow plenty of light through to the woodland floor. This means that a variety of plants can grow beneath them, including some of our best-loved flowers. Can you imagine a spring walk without the heady smell of wild garlic and without the sight of dogs mercury, bluebells, wood crane’s-bill and wood avens?