Louise Hill
British Wildlife 34.2 November 2022

The other pandemic: ten years of Ash Dieback

It has been ten years since the fungal disease Ash Dieback was first detected in England. Here, Louise Hill describes the origins and impact of Ash Dieback and the response to this disease in Britain. 

Ten years ago, the UK was faced with a plant health emergency of a sort we had never experienced before. Ash Dieback, a little-understood fungal disease that had been accelerating across Europe, was confirmed in the wider environment in England in November 2012, a few months after its discovery in imported nursery trees (Forest Research 2022).

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