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Die-back reply

Die-back replyWhile it waits for the deadly ash die-back fungus to strike, Skelwith Fold Caravan Park in Ambleside has decided to ask holiday guests to help it discover precisely what flora and fauna are at risk. The park will then be able to evaluate if the coming onslaught does result in a total wipe-out - or if, as it hopes, certain types of wildlife and plants survive by re-locating in the woodland.

To help with its auditing project, Skelwith Fold plans to use the eyes and ears of visiting families this year, to help identify what species are currently being supported by the threatened trees. According to Skelwith director Henry Wild, the grounds of the park contain thousands of ash specimens - which in turn play host to many types of animals, birds, insects and plants. “The biodiversity supported by ashes is absolutely staggering,” said Henry, whose park recently received the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level for environmental care. Henry continued, “It would be a devastating blow to Skelwith Fold if ash die-back robbed us of all these natural treasures which have co-existed with the trees here for literally centuries.”

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Holidaymakers wishing to take part will be issued with a list of flora and fauna associated with ash trees, and asked to report if and where any are spotted. These will then be compared with sightings of the same species following any disease outbreak. For more information, visit: www.skelwith.com, or call: 015394 32277.