Ash Dieback is a highly destructive and prolific disease, spread through fungal spores, ‘Chalara Fraxinea’. Spores can be carried on the wind, on clothing or through animals.

Unchecked, Ash Dieback can ravage local tree populations requiring extreme measures in order to contain and control its spread. It is projected that up to 95% of Ash trees in Britain could be lost to Dieback.

The photographs presented here were made in the spring of 2021, in Branston, Lincolnshire. Four to five hundred trees were culled, turning a once familiar woodland into open fields of stumps. This particular phase of control occurred in the midst of a very human pandemic, Covid-19, the two diseases share commonality not least in the blamed geographic source of initial infections;

Dieback in Britain is thought to have begun through the import of non-native trees from Asia.

In a time of hyper awareness of airborne pathogens, a closure of borders and an increase of hyper nationalist rhetoric, these images were produced to respectfully reflect on the loss of these individual woodland sentinels, their lives laid bare in cross section, marked by the signs of Fraxinea infection.

The Branston control site is due to be fully replanted with a mix of new trees.

Prints available, please get in touch for any enquiries.

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