Ever since 2012 when Ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus Fraxineus) was discovered in some young trees in a Buckinghamshire nursery, the species has been under an official death warrant.
The problem with these pronouncements is that they do not always fulfill the prophesy, though I hesitate to say this one will not.
The warnings from DEFRA and the Forestry Commission are as much about isolating and destroying affected trees and slowing the spread of the disease in the hope that good management will slow or halt the spread.
It has worked, as in east Anglia where the worst outbreaks have occurred, it has not spread at anything like the rate projected and areas told they were next on the list have so far mainly remained unscathed.
What most of these measures do is buy time, there is no chemical cure for this disease or certainly not one that is practical in terms of cost and practicality, but buying time gives the scientists the chance to not only find a potential cure or limiter but also to assess if all the various clones of Ash are susceptible.…