VIDEO: More of our counties were struck today by the disease that's threatening to destroy our Ash trees. Cases of Ash Dieback Disease were confirmed in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Sussex. John Ryall reports.
The first confirmed case of Chalara ash dieback has been confirmed in Oxfordshire tonight. A map published by the Forestry Commission shows an infection at a recently planted site north east of Oxford, near Bicester. The disease has now been confirmed in 115 sites in the UK.
Further cases of the tree disease Chalara, also known as ash dieback, have been confirmed in woodland in Sussex and Berkshire. The disease has now been confirmed in 115 sites: in 15 nurseries, 39 planting sites and 61 locations in the forests and woodlands.
These instances of Chalara are being discovered as a result of a rapid and intensive surveying operation carried out over the course of last weekend and the beginning of this week.