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Ash disease spreads throughout region

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.