Ash dieback in the Wye Valley and Symonds Yat area

Our trees are a beautiful asset in our gardens and grounds, but just like anything they must be maintained and cared for to stay healthy.

What is Ash dieback?

Sadly many Ash trees in the UK are being infected by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus which is commonly referred to as Ash dieback and this is now prevalent along the river Wye in and around the beautiful Symonds Yat. The decline can be slow and it may take many years to kill a tree with some being resistant to the disease, however, tree owners should consider their liability and if an Ash tree is within falling distance of a high-value target such as a road or house we recommend you have any Ash trees with signs of decay checked out as a matter of urgency.

Picture of a tree with ash die back disease

Ash trees in the early stages of the disease may be considered for removal, which should be undertaken before the crown is more than 25% dead as beyond that they may be challenging to climb and dismantle due to the impaired condition of the branches and stem. This adds significant cost if a tree must be felled but cannot be climbed and specialist machinery is required to access the tree and remove it safely.

How Chapel Tree Service can help...

For Ash or any species of trees, Chapel Tree Services can provide you with free advice and a quotation for any work required. We are a local family business, with 25 years experience and we work with many customers from small gardens to large commercial grounds. We are based in Ross On Wye, but work all over south Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, and Monmouthshire, and have many customers along the Wye Valley and Symonds Yat area.


Our professional teams of tree surgeons can prune and trim your trees where they are healthy or fell and clear any that are sadly no longer viable. We will chip and remove all branches (brash) and can ring up (cut into log lengths) any wood and pile this up for you to split as logs. We also offer stump grinding, hedge trimming, and planting services.

Contact us

Call us now on 01989 565647 to book a tree health check and free no-obligation quotation, if any work is required.