The research featured on the BBC programme reveals that ash dieback could be more effectively managed and the spread of the disease slowed and potentially halted using Carbon Gold’s biochar-based Tree Soil Improver.
The study was carried out by Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory, the organisation on tree science in the UK and the US and a Carbon Gold customer. It took place on a site in Essex managed by the Woodland Trust and known to be infected with ash dieback. The programme monitored 2,000 established ash trees over a three year period, during which one third had become infected. Ash trees treated with Carbon Gold’s enriched biochar however were proven to be more resistant to the disease and none were infected. When these results were released, Countryfile was keen to investigate.
James MacPhail, commercial development manager for Carbon Gold said: "We are thrilled with the results this study has produced so far. We continue to work with Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory as part of this ongoing research on the effects of our tree products into a range of different tree health issues over the coming years.
"This is the same product that is used extensively in professional protected cropping in the UK and Europe across both Organic and Conventional production systems. Our commercial horticulture customers are experiencing the same benefits of increased vigour, vitality and productivity from seedling production to high wire cropping.
"We encourage all glasshouse or tunnel growers with disease-related production issues to trial this product and put it to the test."