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Based in East Dulwich, we are an experienced tree surgery team, competent in all aspects of tree management. We mainly work in Southwark, Lewisham and Lambeth in South London for private clients.


Article 2: Ash dieback disease - your questions answered.


What is the Disease that is affecting ash trees?

Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by the fungus Chalara Fraxinea. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees and it can lead to tree death.


Currently the advice is that mature trees should not be removed, as they are valuable to wildlife, take longer to die and can help us learn more about genetic strains that might be resistant to the disease. Infection does not occur directly from tree to tree. 


How does the disease spread?

The disease can be spread from spores from the fungi attached to leaves and leaf litter, spores can also be spread by wind and rain. 

Recommendations for management are stipulated by the Forestry Commission and DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs). 

What can I do to help?

The latest advice from the Forestry Commission is to ensure that the disease is not spread to other areas by ensuring that when leaving parks and woodlands and before visiting other places that mud and leaves from footwear, pushchairs, bikes, cars, dogs and horses is removed and that leaves and branches are not removed from the woodland or park.


Are there any reported confirmed cases within Southwark?

As of the 12 November there has been no verified infection of Chalara in greater London or Southwark, However outbreaks have been found in Counties around the Capital.


What should I do if I suspect that a tree may be infected?

If you suspect a tree may be infected, please report the sighting to the Tree Team at your local authority and they will investigate.


Further information

The Forestry Commission provide several resources on their website.You can also visit the following Forestry Commission web pages;

Guide to symptoms

Further Advice


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Rick Glenn, Head Gardener, Dulwich Park, SE21 7BQ

"As Head Gardener at Dulwich Park I have had the opportunity over the past 4 years to observe the tree surgical talents of Hamish Lodge, Cut Above Tree Management. Hamish has always impressed me with his arbouricultural skills being very efficient, careful and accurate when tree felling, not damaging surrounding plants or structures whilst ensuring public safety. For these reasons I choose him for my private jobs too.

On a more personal level, he is a friendly positive person who always seems to be enjoying his work. No doubt this attitude will serve him well in his professional life. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish Hamish well and look forward to seeing more of his work in the future."