Landowners with woodlands are being advised by the Forestry Commission and other bodies on the management of the disease, and about species to replace dead Ash trees.
But our landscape should be recorded as well – partly to remind us what we are losing, but also so we can look back in a few years’ time and locate the places where Ashes have survived, and where they have been lost and what has taken their place.
Gloucestershire Naturalists Society and the Cotswold Conservation Board (who administer the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) are asking you to send in photos of Ashes. We’re particularly interested in how they appear in a landscape, rather than close-ups.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP…
- find a view with prominent Ash trees within Gloucestershire or within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (see map).
- photograph Ash trees within the landscape – stands, hedgerow trees, pollards. For this survey we are more interested in the landscape than close-ups of individual trees.
- locate your photo with a six- or eight- figure map reference or the latitude and longitude, plus the name of the nearest village or landmark to back it up. Most smartphones will tag the map reference onto the photo, provided you haven’t switched off Location Services.
- email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org together with your name, the date taken, the map reference and the nearest village or landmark
BUT PLEASE DON’T…
- don’t worry about checking for Ash Dieback. Unfortunately it’s widespread and increasing.
- don’t include identifiable people in your photos, and certainly not without their consent.
- don’t send close-ups of the trees: it’s primarily the landscape changes we’re interested in here.
- don’t send photos larger than 4MB.