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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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Import ban to stop a "potentially economical and environmental disaster"

Ash dieback or Chalara fraxinea is a fungus which has killed 90% of Denmark's Ash trees Credit: ITV Central

A ban has been announced by the Government on the importation of ash trees after outbreaks of a disease which 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.

The Government announced a ban today on the importation of ash trees to try and stop the spread of disease Credit: ITV Central

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

Ash trees are part of Britain's heritage, to lose them would be an ecological disaster Credit: ITV Central
It is hoped the import ban will stop the disease spreading which has already seen 500 trees destroyed in the Midlands Credit: ITV Central

Chalara dieback is easier to spot before the end of autumn as it can be identified from damaged leaves.

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