Ash Dieback Disease Alert

The latest on the threat of Ash Dieback disease in the Midlands which could infect and destroy millions of trees across the country.

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New cases of Ash dieback

New cases of Ash dieback Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Telford & Wrekin Council and the Forestry Commission have instigated a plan to remove ash saplings from the new Dawley Learning Community site following a confirmed case of ash dieback.

The case in Dawley is at the site within the newly planted landscape scheme where the replacement for the Phoenix School is being built.

It has been found in a group of trees that were sourced by the main earthworks contractor Birse Civils Ltd from a nursery in Lincolnshire and planted 12 months ago.

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Ash die-back fears at National Forest

Forestry staff at The National Forest are issuing precautions to people visiting the 200 square miles of woodland across Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

The Forest is so far free of ash die-back but it has already been found in Shropshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

The CEO of the National Forest, Sophie Churchill, is urging people to wash shoes and boots when returning from walking in the woods.

There are more than a million ash trees in the Forest and any infection could be devastating, especially as the forest has only been established for twenty years.There's more information at www.forestry.gov.uk

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