West Sussex County Council will continue to remove trees affected by the ash dieback

ACTION to remove trees afflicted with a destructive fungal disease is set to continue along county roads.

West Sussex Borough Council is carrying out work to clear trees infected with the ash dieback on the borough’s main road network.

Ash dieback is a highly destructive disease that is expected to kill up to 95 per cent of Britain’s ash trees in that country, according to West Sussex County Council.

The disease causes leaves to wilt and die, trees to become weak and brittle, and branches to shed or even fall over.

Last year 1,500 ash trees were felled on A and B roads in West Sussex.

The Argus: An ash tree that shows signs of ash dieback with its significantly reduced crownAn ash tree showing signs of ash dieback with a significantly reduced crown

Now the Council plans to remove more on high-speed and busy routes in the felling season.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “We are committed to ensuring that we have a healthy and diverse stand of trees to support wildlife and will do everything we can to save trees wherever possible, such as those that are Show resilience that we will monitor annually when in the sheet.

“We will also, where possible, remove only the risk elements of the tree to maintain a viable wildlife habitat where it does not pose a safety risk.

“However, ash dieback is dangerous to our highway network and its users, and we are taking steps to remove severely infected ash trees on counties that pose a risk and are educating adjacent landowners of their own responsibilities. ”

During the 2022/2023 felling season (September 2022 to March 2023, subject to seasonal weather conditions and subsequent bird nesting), the council will work on the following major roads, among other locations and routes within the county:

  • A24 – Southwater area
  • A281 – Horsham to the county line
  • A283 – Shoreham flyover to Washington roundabout
  • A285 – to confirm
  • A29 – to confirm

Arborists are also currently conducting surveys on C- and D-classified roads.

The Argus: A healthy ash treeA healthy ash tree

“Private landowners are strongly advised to check their trees for signs of ash dieback,” said the community spokesman.

“If there are dark-colored, dead leaves among living foliage, this is an indication that ash dieback may be spreading. If the crown of your ash tree looks thin and bare, suspect ash dieback.”

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