A working group is to be set up to look at best practice responses that could be adopted and applied to Warlingham.

The scale of ash dieback is unprecedented and disease progression is erratic with young trees generally succumbing rapidly in 2 years, larger trees over 10-15 years and others in open areas with low spore loading apparently untouched. Diamond shaped lesions are the most certain sign of ash dieback and specialist assessment is required with regular surveying and monitoring.

The aim of the group will be to make recommendations to the Parish Council, to mitigate the ash dieback through a range of actions which lead to positive outcomes and to promote the profile of trees as part of the valued greenscape of our village.