There are an estimated 150 million ash trees in the UK, along with 1.8 billion seedlings and saplings (Forestry Commission). Ash is also a very common tree across Cornwall.
Ash is highly successful at establishing in a variety of habitats. It self-seeds very well and is salt tolerant. This means it is able to establish in coastal locations. It makes up a significant part of our woodlands and hedgerows, and frequently is found on Cornish hedges. Ash trees often provide large canopies where other tree species may struggle in Cornwall. Nearly 1000 species are known to be associated with ash, including birds, mammals, insects, fungi, and lichens. Some are only associated with ash trees and so are in danger of becoming extinct due to the effects of ash dieback.
Ash is a large growing tree with light fresh green leaves. These grow in pairs on either side of a main stalk. It can be identified in winter by its black leaf buds which have been said to look like boxing gloves.
Further guidance on identifying ash can be found on the Woodland Trust website.