Naomi Punnett

Year 1 MArch

Rising from the Ashes, Ash Arboretum

Kent Downs

Work in progress - Jan 2023

The Ash Arboretum project is an emergency response to the climate crisis and the pending extinction of Ash trees in the UK due to the rapid spread of Ash Dieback disease. Ash Dieback disease is currently the largest threat to UK trees, predicted to kill around 142 million Ash Trees, nearly a 1/3 of UK's total trees.

Trees play a key role in capturing carbon but also in controlling the thermal conditions of our local environments, providing cooling shade, and water management to mention a few. Large national tree planting efforts are only worthwhile if we first improve our knowledge and agency to repair and protect the established trees and associated ecosystems we already have.

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