Wednesday, April 24 2013
Antidote needed to save our ash trees
More research is needed into an antidote to save Britain’s ash woodlands or they may be lost to the nationcompletely
Sir, Since the 1970s, with the importation of Dutch elm disease, and then in 1992, when ash dieback (
) was identified in Poland, successive British governments, aided and abetted by theEuropean Union, have carelessly allowed all manner of noxious imports into Britain.Following the horrific effects of Dutch elm disease, thousands of hectares of woods are now beingdestroyed by phytophthora. To compound this devastation, 142,000 hectares of the nation’s ash woodland (our own most numerous deciduous forest species) could now be virtually annihilated by
, an elimination unprecedented since the last Ice Age.Some companies working in the private sector believe an effective and practical antidote can be developedto save the ash which, otherwise, on the experience of Denmark, will mostly be dead by 2023. If the ashcannot be saved, clearing the resulting havoc of dead and dying ash, and consequential windblow of otherspecies, will be a horrendous task. The countryside will be ravaged for a generation.On behalf of all those who love our ash woods and hedgerows, we urge this Government, which is bearingthe savage burden of past governments’ negligence, to embrace research into an antidote to save thenation’s ash woodlands.
The Earl of Annandale and Hartfell; The Viscount Ashbrook; Sir Nicholas Bacon Bt; Mr Lawrence Banks; Mr Miles Barne; MrMichael Barstow; The Earl Bathurst; Mr John Berkeley; The Viscount Bledisloe; Lord Bolton; Mr Ian Bond; The Hon EvelynBoscawen; Mr Nicholas Bostock; Sir Simon Bowes Lyon; Mr Richard Bradford; Mr Andrew Bronwin; Mr Roland Brown; MrDavid Brotherton; Sir John Buchanan-Jardine Bt; Mr Lindsay Bury; The Hon Rupert Carington; Mr John Cave; Mrs RoseClay; Sir Kenneth Carlisle; Lord Cavendish of Furness; Lord Clinton; Lord Clitheroe; Mr Edward Clive; Mr Richard Compton;Mr Thomas Cook; Mr Paul Cooper; The Earl of Cork and Orrery; Mr George Courtauld; The Countess of Cranbrook; Mr AidanCuthbert; Mr John Dalton; Miss Anne Davis FRCS; Mr Charles Dent; Lord Derwent; The Viscount Downe; The Marquess of Downshire; Mrs Maldwin Drummond; The Hon David Dugdale; The Hon Jake Duncombe; Mr Rupert Eley; Sir Henry Elwes;Mr Mark Evans; Mr Simon Fairbank; Lord Fairhaven; Sir Michael Farquhar Bt; Colonel Iain Ferguson; Mr James Fife; Mr