A community task force has been created for a replanting scheme to help control an infection which could wipe out all ash trees in Adur and Worthing.
A plan to combat the loss of more than 1,200 ash trees, killed after succumbing to Ash Dieback, is now in it’s initial phases at Lancing Ring.
Adur & Worthing Councils’ parks team has been carrying out an urgent study at Lancing Ring in Adur and The Gallops at Findon Valley in Worthing into the extent of the problem. These areas are particularly vulnerable, because of the volume of ash trees. Almost 20% of the entire woodland covering is at risk.
The Council’s arboricultural inspector has met with Friends of Lancing Ring to discuss where some of the infected and dead trees will be removed from the woodland, and where glades will be opened up, with new species of trees being planted, and the potential for marginalised planting around the edges of the woodland.
Friends of Lancing Ring will be working with the Councils to help clear the area, plant new trees and help maintain them, preserving the landscapes and work towards climate change mitigation.
The parks team are working closely with The Tree Council and West Sussex County Council and other local landowners to coordinate the approach to the affected areas.