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RFS report back on Ash Dieback summit, 7 November
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Rod Leslie, author and Chartered Forester, represented the RFS at the Summit

Date Issued: 08 November 2012


Two experts representing the RFS were among 100 leading figures from forestry and government attending a key summit called to discuss the crisis over ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) on 7 November. The summit was chaired by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. Attending from the RFS were experts Rod Leslie, author and Chartered Forester, and former Forestry Commission pathologist Dr John Gibbs. To read their full report, scroll down to the PDF at the end of this page.

With the Ash Tag website up and running, materials are available for identifying the disease. RFS members, both woodland owners and members watching over the countryside, will be a key part of tracking what is happening.

A map of confirmed cases of Chalara fraxinea can be found at, or for more information see Chalara key scientific facts. Call the Chalara helpline: 08459 33 55 77 (open 8am to 6pm every day).



Chalara Summit pdf (click to download)

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