National Forest affected by the ash dieback outbreak

A young ash tree suffering from the effects of ash dieback at the National Forest in Leicestershire Credit: ITV News Central

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.

The disease is a fungus which affects ash trees causing them to wither and die Credit: ITV News Central

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Ash Dieback in National Forest

The first cases of Ash Dieback Disease have been found in the National Forest in North West Leicestershire. In excess of 1.5 million trees could be affected.