Temporary display, Wytham room
6th November 2019 to 30 April 2020
Ash is the third most common tree in Britain and dominates 28% of Wytham Woods’ canopy. It is estimated that there are over 90 million ash trees in the UK. Unfortunately for ash trees a new disease threatens their survival. Ash dieback is a disease caused by a windblown fungus which is spreading east from Poland. The fungus itself simply weakens the trees and allows other pests, diseases and fungi to then attack the weakened ash. At the present time no resistant tree has been found.
This exhibition display examines the history of ash in the UK, considering folklore, ecology and uses as well as looking to the future of ash trees in the UK. Information about how visitors can get involved in Citizen Science related projects in the Woods is included, along with art displays, walks and talks planned for 2020.