On Tuesday 31 August, five roadside ash trees suffering from ash dieback will be cut down on our common land on the Limpsfield Road.

As much of each tree as possible will be left to be a home to wildlife.  The wood from one of the trees will be stored further back as a log pile in the woodland.  The parish council have had to act because of the roadside position of the trees, and in order to minimise cost and road closure, a failing sycamore will also be removed.

In anticipation of this, the Parish Council has applied to the Queen’s Green canopy programme for a copse of wild cherry, rowan and birch trees to plant from November.  We are in the process of establishing a group of volunteer tree wardens and other members of the community will be most welcome to plant this copse of 30 trees on nearby common land.

Ash dieback is an airborne fungal infection which weakens mature trees with tell tale bare crowns.  While there is currently no cure, it is hoped 1-5% of trees will develop resistance. Meanwhile, planting replacement trees – 3 for every large tree which has to be removed – makes up for some of the essential role ash trees play in biodiversity.

If you would like to be involved in monitoring the trees of Warlingham or in the replacement planting, please contact Parish Councillor Grace Kempster on grace.kempster@warlingham-pc.gov.uk or Simon Bold, Parish Clerk on clerk@warlingham-pc.gov.uk.