AshWatch is a new ash photography project – celebrating this important tree, and helping the Landscape Institute assess the implications of its loss.

An ash tree in Watford High Street
An ash tree in Watford High Street, southeast England. Photo: Alan Simpson

Launching with a photo competition, AshWatch will record the visual impact of ash dieback on the landscape in the long term.

The Landscape Institute is looking for your best photos of ash trees, illustrating the significance of ash in any setting  – parks, streets or woodland; an individual tree, or a landscape where ash is an important element of its character or quality.

You can submit any number of images, with a maximum file size of 4Mb per image. Please email to knowledge@landscapeinstitute.org with ‘Photo competition’ in the subject line, and include your name and email address, approximate location details, and a few words (100 max) about the image and its significance.

The closing date for competition entries is Friday 30′ August. The competition will be judged by Jo Watkins PPLI and landscape photographer Julian Jones; there are £200-worth of new landscape books for prizes, and winning entries may appear in Landscape and on the LI website.

Annual AshWatch

Annual AshWatch will record the effects of ash dieback on the landscape over the longer term. The Landscape Institute would like members to select a tree or group of trees and photograph it each year, from the same position. This record of changes will help us assess the spread and impact of the disease over time.

AshWatch photos can also show all kinds of ash trees in all kinds of settings. Images should illustrate the tree’s landscape value and visual amenity, along with any symptoms of the disease. Photos showing changes in the condition of trees over time or the impact of removal will be particularly helpful. For this project the priority is documentary rather than aesthetic value. All the images received will be added to a dedicated Flickr gallery, which will help the LI Biosecurity working group to assess the landscape implications of ash dieback.

You can submit any number of images, with a maximum file size of 4Mb per image. Please email to knowledge@landscapeinstitute.org with AshWatch in the email subject line, including your name and email address, approximate location details, and a few words (100 max) about the image and its significance.

Find out more about the LI’s work on ash dieback and the Biosecurity Working Group here 

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