Ash disease found in East Sussex

A further case of the tree disease Chalara has been confirmed in a woodland in East Sussex

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Ash dieback reaches East Sussex

Ash dieback has reached East Sussex Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

DEFRA have confirmed that a case of ash dieback has been found in a woodland in East Sussex.

It was discovered as part of an urgent survey to find traces of the disease in woods and forests

It means that the county becomes the eleventh in England where Chalara has been found. Others include Essex, Kent, West Sussex and Berkshire.

Chalara is likely to have been in England for at least two years but has only recently been discovered in forests and woodland as a result of the intensive survey carried out of sites across the UK where ash trees are known to be present.

Martin Ward, DEFRA Chief Plant Health Officer, said: “Although the rate at which we are discovering new areas infected with Chalara is slowing, there are still results coming through from our surveying exercise earlier this month and reports from landowners and the public.

"The better informed we are, the more effective we can be in our work to contain the spread and impact of this disease.”

The ash tree is a native British species of tree, providing around five percent of all woodland cover. Chalara is a serious disease that has affected a high proportion of ash trees in northern Europe and which was confirmed as present in nursery stock in the UK in March.

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