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Saplings that have been recently planted near to Castle Douglas could have to be destroyed because some have signs of the fungal disease Ash Die Back.
The disease is threatening Britain's ash trees, it has already destroyed more than 90% of Ash trees in parts of Denmark.
A disease threatening the future of ash trees has been found in seven sites in Scotland.
The Forestry Commission Scotland carried out a survey to measure the spread of chalara dieback. It five infected sites including Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway and Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders.
Chalara dieback is threatening to wipe out most of the UK's ash trees and has already killed up to 90% of ash trees in areas of Denmark.
The infected sites will be revisited for further examination
Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said the survey results should be "cautiously welcomed" adding:
The Forestry Commission said the disease only spreads in summer so there is now an opportunity to take action.
There is no risk to humans or animals and no need to restrict public access to woodlands.
Dr Steve Woodward specialises in plant diseases, he said: