Managing ash dieback in West Berkshire

Published: 29 November 2022

As part of West Berkshire Council’s ongoing commitment to managing the risks associated with ash treesTreetops against sky affected by the ash dieback disease, staff from the Countryside team carried out an annual highways tree survey during the summer months, focusing on the main roads in West Berkshire (A, B and C roads).  Following the survey, a number of sites alongside main roads have been identified as requiring tree felling, including the following two sites:


  • A section of the A4 running directly north of Aldermaston Wharf
  • A section of the A4 in Calcot, north of The Chase


In the majority of cases, ash trees significantly affected with ash dieback will be felled to ground level, although, where safe to do so, trees are reduced to a safe height to provide wildlife habitat. 

It is anticipated that the tree felling work will take place between December 2022 and February 2023.