As part of the Long Forest project, we are aiming to survey hedgerows across all areas of Wales, gaining vital information about their condition and the tree species within them before it’s too late.    

Our landscape in Wales is on the brink of drastic change and it’s important we capture information about it now before it’s too late. With diseases such as Ash Die back, which is now widespread throughout Wales, we need to act fast.

Ash trees are the third most abundant tree in the UK. In 10 years, it is estimated that we could see 90-98% of all Ash trees disappear. This could leave massive gaps in hedgerows, on farms, in the woodland canopy, in all urban areas. We will lose habitat for many birds, insects and wildlife. Mature Ash trees can support up to 500 different Lichens. 

Eryl Roberts – Estate Manager, Coed Cadw said;

Generally, we can say that the disease is now widespread throughout Wales, and we have examples of it affecting young ash in many of our woodland creation sites. There is no remedy for the disease and its potential for decimating ash-dominated woods and for changing the landscape of the wider countryside, where ash is often a dominant hedgerow tree, is a huge concern.

The Long Forest project, run by the environmental charity, Keep Wales Tidy and the Woodland Trust funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, are trying to capture information about the current state of the hedgerows in Wales. Long Forest has created an easy to use surveying tool that anybody can use regardless of their age or knowledge.

The app which contains a hedgerow species Identification guide, walks the user through a few simple steps to survey a hedgerow. The aim is to gather detail about hedgerows across all parts of Wales in a mix of environments. 

Hannah Wilcox Brooke, Long Forest coordinator said;

It is so important that we take action now to record the condition of our hedgerows in Wales. We have developed the first easy to use surveying hedgerow app that members of the general public can use. It only takes 10 mins to complete a stretch of hedgerow and can help us determine how our landscape in Wales is changing. 

Ash die back is not going away, so join the campaign today and start surveying using the Long Forest app. 

The free app is available on Google Play and Apple App store for Android and IOS.

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