A ban on the import of ash trees has been announced by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson.
The disease called ash dieback has already affected trees in England and Scotland with nearly 500 trees destroyed in Leicestershire during August. It is feared native varieties could be wiped out.
– Owen Paterson MP
“This is a very serious disease that demands action to stop its spread. I have ordered both an import ban and movement restrictions on trees from infected areas. This comes into force immediately.
“Work is already underway to tackle the disease. Plant Health Authorities have been monitoring trees in infected areas to ensure early detection and trade bodies have been encouraging their members to impose voluntary import bans. By working together we can protect our native trees from this devastating disease.”