a YouGov poll conducted for the Woodland Trust suggests.

Only 17 per cent recognised an ash leaf, despite the high profile of Chalara ash dieback, which experts have warned could be as devastating as Dutch elm disease. And 57 per cent could not identify an oak. Fewer than two-fifths (39 per cent) of young people could identify an oak and only one in 10 identified an ash. Older people did better: more than two-thirds (68 per cent) of over-55s identified an oak and almost a quarter (23 per cent) recognised an ash.



I am particularly excited that the Real Life Science Studio in the John Hope Gateway will be hosting the Virtual Landscape Theatre for one week from 8th August. This interactive exhibit allows an audience to decide what actions should be taken to reduce the impact of ash dieback and to explore the implications of these choices. Intrigued? Come and find out more in August!

Diseases are a real threat to our trees and it is likely we will loose a high proportion of our ash trees. Yet, over the course of this project I started to feel more positive about the future of Scottish woodlands. It would be easy to listen to the mass media and get very depressed about the state of our forests and trees. But woodlands are dynamic and have always changed; over such long periods of time we humans find it difficult to comprehend.

We need to build resilience in the woodlands of Scotland to ensure their longevity. By this I mean managing woodlands in a way that creates diversity in the species present, diversity in the age of the trees and diversity in structure. If we do this it may be possible to maintain the ever-changing, unique woodlands of Scotland.


Ancient woodlands covering an area larger than 12,700 football pitches are threatened with destruction to make way for new building developments and the controversial high-speed rail link.

Analysis by the Woodland Trust has revealed that at least 350 woods, which have all been a feature of the landscape for more than 400 years, could be lost or permanently damaged under plans to build housing, roads, quarries and the £33 billion rail route.

The scale of the threat, which the group says is the greatest in the 15 years since ­it began recording ancient woodlands at risk,


A deadly tree fungus has been detected in Cornwall for the first time as the number of infected sites nationwide doubled in the past month to almost 300.

The confirmed case of ash dieback was found in a recently-planted site near Camborne, the Forestry Commission has revealed.

A handful of fresh cases had been identified as part of last month’s audit, all of them in new plantings.

However, David Rickwood, site manager for the Woodland Trust in Devon, claimed this was the result of a huge audit rather than evidence that the disease was spreading in the countryside, adding that prevailing westerly winds might help prevent stem its rapid movement in the wild.

Brian Beasley, the national park’s trees and landscape officer, told an authority meeting on Friday that an infected site had been confirmed in a newly-planted woodland owned by the Woodland Trust, to the west of Exeter and near Dartmoor’s eastern boundary.

He also warned that lichens of national and international importance which live in ash bark in places such as Buckland-in-the-Moor, are at risk.

Chalara fraxinea has now been found at 136 sites linked to imported plants and a further 155 sites in the wider environment.

The measures were criticised by the National Trust as “limited and weak”, too focused on minimising costs.

“We are alarmed to see the government is even wavering about continuing its programme of tracing, testing and destroying infected young ash trees.


Ash dieback has been been found in a sapling on private land in Somerset, Defra has confirmed.

It has since been destroyed to prevent any contamination.

Defra said the infected sapling would have been carried in as part of a batch and planted, rather being infected with airborne spores.

Defra said it would be “very, very bad luck” for the disease to have spread in the short time it was in the county.


The number of sites in Scotland confirmed as having a disease threatening to devastate the UK’s ash trees has risen to 23.

Chalara ash dieback has been found at one nursery, 18 recently-planted sites and in four further areas.

Scottish Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse, who confirmed the figures, said work was being done to combat the fungal disease.

Chalara ash dieback is affecting a total of 241 sites across the UK.


The number of sites in Scotland affected by the ash dieback tree fungal disease has increased to 11.

First Minister Alex Salmond announced the figure during question time at the Scottish Parliament.

Mr Salmond said the sites in question had shown “confirmed signs of the disease”


The dieback disease “could be the end of the ash tree” and it was unlikely that its spread could be stopped, said Austin Brady from the Woodland Trust.

And he said government action was needed on other “pest and diseases threats” on the UK’s borders.


Deadly ash dieback disease has been confirmed in Cambridgeshire, the News can reveal.

Three recent plantings near the city include infected young trees, according to Forestry Commission experts.

“In line with Fera’s instructions, the affected trees will be destroyed by the end of the week.”

There are also three cases of diseased trees on recently planted sites in the Newmarket area, and one near Ely.


Berkshire’s first confirmed case of Chalara ash dieback has been highlighted on a map published by the Forestry Commission.

The survey map shows an infection has got into the wild in established woodland near Maidenhead.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will not disclose the exact location.