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How to spot Ash Dieback

Diamond shaped legions in a tree with Ash Dieback Credit: ITV Border

Members of the public are being asked to help a Tree Health Officer to record instances of Ash Dieback in the South of Scotland.

Steve Morgan is surveying the region for the disease, which kills Ash trees.

Among the symptoms are:

  • Discolouration of tree trunk
  • Diamond shaped lesions in bark
  • Leaf loss
  • Crown dieback

Anyone looking to report suspected cases of ash dieback can report it at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/

Tree Health Officer brought in to target Ash Dieback

Steve Morgan has been tasked with recording instances of Ash Dieback in the region. Credit: ITV Border

A tree health officer is being employed in the Scottish Borders to record cases of a deadly disease.

Steve Morgan has been tasked with recording instances of Ash Dieback in the region.

The Forestry Commission hope to use land surveys to shape policy on how to deal with the spread of the disease.

It was first discovered in the UK in 2012 but Steve Morgan says it's currently unclear how widespread it is.

What we are finding with the surveys so far is that there is no rhyme nor reason or logic to the disease in terms of levels of infection, how many trees are infected in a stand.

We simply don't know how widespread it is yet, and how the disease is going to progress. In Europe it can hit some of the stands and really hit them quite severely. We are in a very infancy stage. We are in a research stage of finding out".

– Steve Morgan, tree health officer

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Fifty years of the Pennine Way

The Pennine Way is used by tourists and local walking groups Credit: ITV Border

A National Trail that passes through Cumbria and ends in the South of Scotland turns fifty today.

The Pennine Way runs from Edale in the Peak District, through Yorkshire, Cumbria and the North Pennines, up to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.

It was created in 1965 when the Ramblers Association called for a long distance way-marked trail and is now used by both tourists and local walking groups.

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Stickle Tarn listed as Asset of Community Value

Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border

Stickle Tarn has been listed as an Asset of Community Value.

The move means community groups would now have six months to put together a bid to buy the tarn if it goes back up for sale.

David Sykes, Director of People and Places at South Lakeland District Council, said the decision to list the site was made because it 'serves local social interest and wellbeing'.

“Social wellbeing is quite a broad church but it includes the idea of enjoyment, recreation, and access to special places that are cherished by local communities.

"Stickle Tarn is a piece of land and water that was nominated by a local organisation as it is enjoyed by the public and cherished by local people and we believe it fitted the criteria for listing."

– David Sykes, Director People and Places at South Lakeland District Council

Last month, the deadline to bid on the land passed.

However, Lake District National Park Authority rejected tender bids as they didn't believe they were "responsible" enough.

Campaigners have objected to the potential sale of the site, with thousands supporting a Save Stickle Tarn group.

Park bosses first announced they were selling the tarn, along with six other areas in the National Park, in February this year.

Cumbria's newest nature reserve

Eycott Hill has been purchased by Cumbria Wildlife Trust Credit: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Eycott Hill has become Cumbria's newest nature reserve.

Located between Keswick and Penrith, and near to the village of Mungrisdale, the 216 hectares of wildlife habitat has been purchased by Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

It is a site of Special Scientific Interest for both its biology and its geology.

The Trust, which will be providing full public access to the area for the first time, has thanked fundraisers for making the purchase possible.

I’m delighted that the purchase of Eycott Hill is complete and we can get started on the restoration work and access improvements.

The support of our funders and members has been crucial and we really appreciate the help and encouragement we have received.”

– Helen Duxbury, Development Manager at Cumbria Wildlife Trust
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