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This is a public talk given at the Jubilee Institute, Rothbury, Northumberland on 30 May 2013.
The presentation provides an overview of the role and importance of ash in British woodlands, and then goes on to describe the ash dieback disease (Chalara fraxinea). The current status and spread of the disease is discussed, together with a summary of current strategies to understand and control the spread of the pathogen. Important populations of ash are identified, especially those in Cumbria, and the lecture highlights the potential impact of the dieback disease on the natural and cultural heritage of Britain.