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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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Environment Secretary due in Staffordshire to make Ash disease announcement

Autumn colours as Ash trees face a threat from Europe Credit: PA

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is due to visit Cannock Chase in Staffordshire later concerning today's ban on imported Ash trees from Europe.

It's after outbreaks of a disease which it's feared could wipe out millions of native Ash trees across the country.

Ash dieback or Chalara fraxinea is a fungus which has killed 90% of Denmark's Ash trees.

Fears are growing that it could wreak the same kind of damage as Dutch Elm disease in the 1970s.

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