This exciting project will see the planting of 2,000 trees, comprising of 14 different species that are native to the UK, including disease resistant Elms. Part of the South Downs National Park and located behind Old Ratton Estate, we have been given the opportunity to renew an area which has lost a significant number of Ash trees, caused by Ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus). This is the most devastating tree disease since dutch elm disease killed 60 million elm trees in the UK during two epidemics in the 1920s and 1970s.
A clear-fell was carried out in 2021 under a special exemption due to the high level of danger of trees in cose proximity to houses and potentially to walkers using the Jubilee Way which runs through its centre.
Whilst it’s sad to see the effects of ash-die back, the removal of the dead and falling ash trees is a great opportunity to restore a range of more diverse wooded and open habitats to a part of the escarpment landscape.