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Swansea Council set to tackle Ash tree disease

Steps are being taken by Swansea Council to tackle Ash trees affected by Ash Dieback.

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The fungal disease - which was first detected in the UK in 2012, has now spread across most parts of Wales and according to tree experts, there is no cure for trees which are affected by it.

In Swansea, council officers are in the process of carrying our surveys of ash trees on public land to determine which ones are affected by the disease and what stage they are at in terms of succumbing to it.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "This is a very sad situation. We know from ongoing research and evidence elsewhere in the country that Ash trees affected by Ash Dieback will more than likely die. This is a problem affecting all of the UK and there is no cure.

"The disease prevents Ash trees absorbing water and so they become brittle. This means larger mature trees could collapse without warning and we need to ensure this does not happen.

"Our job is to survey all the Ash trees on council land and establish how much of a risk they are to public safety.

"Some trees have already been taken down which were in serious risk of collapse but we are only at the early stages of dealing with this issue and many more will need to be removed.

"By acting now, we will reduce the risk that diseased trees will fall on people, property, power lines and roads."

So far, around 3,000 Ash trees have been surveyed on public land, many of which show varying signs of Ash Dieback.

Ash trees feature across the city in parks, along public highways, in schools and on housing land.

Many more will feature on private land in Swansea.

Cllr Thomas added: "All our resources will be focussed on dealing with diseased trees on public land.

"Clearly, there are many Ash trees on land which we do not own and landowners will need to respond to this disease and consider the removal of trees on their land."

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