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The Ash Project

The Ash Project is an urgent cultural response to the devastating loss of one of our most important species of tree; the ash tree. It is the most common tree in the Kent Downs. In 2012 when ash dieback, (caused by a fungal disease) was first discovered in England, the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was one of the first areas to notice the rapid spread of the disease.

Ash dieback is widely accepted to be untreatable and could see the demise of 90-98% of these trees over the next decade. The scale of the ecological impact caused by the disease is as yet unmeasured but likely to have a huge impact.

The Ash Project asks how we might mark and celebrate ash trees before it is too late. The project combines a major new commission by internationally recognised artists Ackroyd & Harvey with a wide ranging walks, talks and workshops programme, an online archive and a Kent wide plan for landscape restoration. We are collaborating across conservation and scientific research work to develop a cultural approach that will preserve memories of the tree in extraordinary and enduring ways for the generations who will live with the loss.

Visit The Ash Project website to find out further information about the project and how you can get involved.

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