Parishioners are no doubt aware of the clearance of a large number of trees suffering from ash die-back taking place on the downs between West Burton and Bury. Ash die-back is a very serious issue and South Downs National Park Authority are working with landowners, partner authorities and conservation organisations to manage the impact of ash die-back.
SDNPA point out that tree owners have a duty of care for the preservation of trees and ensuring they remain in a safe condition. Felling a tree without the proper permissions and ensuring protection for wildlife may result in enforcement. The first thing ash tree owners should do is to get themselves familiar with the published guidance and be able to identify the signs.
Further information on ash-die back and advice for tree owners can be found here.