“Ash Dieback” Threat to UK Ash Trees
Symptoms of ash dieback have been discovered in trees imported from Holland by a nursery in the South East of England, prompting serious concerns about the potential spread of the disease among Britain’s ash tree population.
2000 infected young trees were purchased from a supplier in Holland and sold to gardeners and firms throughout the country.
The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) is now attempting to trace the infected trees to prevent the disease from spreading among indigenous trees.
Ash dieback is caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea and has never before been found in the UK natural environment.
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Forest Research has issued a pest alert.
Suspected cases should be reported to the Tree Health Diagnostic & Advisory Service.