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Chalara dieback

Chalara Dieback is a serious disease of native European ash trees caused by Chalara Fraxinea. There have been approximately 30 sites across Kent (mainly in the east of the county) that have been confirmed as infected. 

Not only will the widespread loss of ash trees impact negatively upon the biodiversity of our county but the nature of the infection results in tissue death and branch failure, which in turn, may have health and safety implications for your school property.

This guidance contains information on:

  • how to identify Chalara Dieback on your school site
  • the audit of ash trees in Kent County Council maintained schools
  • how to help to prevent the spread of the disease, and
  • how to raise awareness amongst your students.