The Bathscape area is set to lose upwards of 80% of its ash trees due to ash dieback disease. It is caused by a fungus named Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, which originated in eastern Asia and is now widespread throughout Europe. Ash is a prominent tree in the landscape – single trees, hedgerow, small copses, and woodland so its loss to the landscape will be significant. We’d like a record of this change and we need your help.

What we need

We’d love your digital photographs of significant ash trees in the Bathscape area. New photos and photos from your own archive are equally welcome – particularly those going back a few years/decades.  Some brief information is also needed so the same tree or location can be found in the future. Ideally please include all the following (or whatever details you can):

  • Date taken
  • What3Words reference for the tree and the position of the photographer
  • Short location description e.g. 100m south of XXXXX farm entrance
  • Name of Photographer


The photos will primarily be used to record significant ash trees, their likely loss and impact on the landscape. Some may well be used for

  • reports or documents on ash dieback and landscape change – most likely a document that will be publicly available on Bathscape website and Bath Record Office
  • public awareness raising
  • guiding future activity such as planting of replacement trees

Please only include photos that you’re happy to be used in this way – and photos will be credited when used.

Sending the photos

Email the photos as JPEG Image files to with the information. For sending multiple photos please use this form. A maximum size of 3MB please per photo.  If you’d like to send lots at a time, please use Please include confirmation of how you’d like to be credited in the email.

We’d love to receive your photos anytime up until May 2025.

Any queries, please let us know –

4:02 pm 4th July 2024