ITV News Central have been to the location of an outbreak of ash dieback in Leicestershire. The disease is a major blow for the National Forest, as up to 20% of all trees there are ash.
Ash dieback causes ash trees to initially lose their leaves. Without leaves the trees cannot access sunlight which provides the plant with nutrients to grow.
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Remaining very windy with gales. Rain soon clearing, with sunny intervals developing.
Outbreaks of rain, sometimes heavy, will soon clear. Sunshine and scattered showers will follow. Mainly dry later.
Localised gales will develop across parts of the region tonight. Tomorrow there will be sunshine and scattered showers.