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Experts say little can be done to stop the spread of 'Ash dieback' the disease threatening to devastate the UK's ash trees.
One of the UK's biggest tree growers will seek damages from the government after losing thousands of trees to ash dieback disease.
The government's crisis committee, known as COBRA, is meeting this morning as ministers prepare to publish an action plan to tackle ash dieback disease. It now threatens 80 million trees in Britain with 115 confirmed cases.
The Government is set to publish an action plan today for tackling a disease which threatens to devastate the UK's ash trees.
The plan to deal with Chalara ash dieback will be outlined after Environment Secretary Owen Paterson chairs a second meeting of the Government's emergency committee to agree how best to deal with the problem.
The Chalara fraxinea fungus, which causes leaf loss and crown dieback and can lead to tree death in ash trees, has wiped out 90% of ash trees in some parts of Denmark and is becoming widespread throughout central Europe.
Trees infected with ash dieback disease have been found in a private woodland in Wales.
The Forestry Commission has confirmed that the first case of ash dieback disease has been found in Oxfordshire.
At Arger Fen in Suffolk, staff managing the 119 acre ancient woodland had suspicions of the arrival of ash dieback. It was confirmed that about 35 acres of saplings are infected yesterday.
The Wildlife Trust's site manager for West Suffolk, Will Cranstoun, is responsible for 12 woodlands and he is worried it will be impossible to prevent the spread.
"This site is almost unique in Suffolk as it has a large acre of naturally regenerating ash.
"It is that area which is infected and, if it is wiped out, it will fundamentally change this landscape for hundreds of years to come.
"If it spreads to some of the older ash, we will be losing trees with real history with some of them dating back as much as 300 years."
The Woodland Trust, which is attending today's summit on ash dieback, has unveiled a three point plan to tackle tree disease, which includes implementing a project to bring scientists and the public together to monitor the UK's trees and woods.
– Woodland Trust chief executive Sue Holden said
We are committed to tackling the growing threat of all tree pests and diseases in the UK and, by publishing this plan, we will continue to lead the fight for the future of our trees and woods.
The situation regarding ash dieback is a sad reflection of the degree of priority that has been given to the protection and safeguarding of our natural woodland resources and of the environment as a whole.
This must be immediately addressed.
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Ash saplings that have been recently planted in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland may have to be destroyed as some have signs of the fungal disease ash dieback.
Labour has criticised the Government for responding slowly to the ash tree crisis, after it emerged in a written answer ministers had been told about the presence of ash dieback in the UK in April.
– Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh
Ministers were told about the presence of ash dieback in the country on April 3 yet waited till October 29 to ban ash imports.
This seven-month delay is a tragic example of the appalling incompetence and inertia which is a hallmark of this Government.
Scientists tell us the disease loves wet conditions and spreads from June to October but Ministers failed to get a ban in place over the summer months.
We have had the wettest summer on record and I fear, have lost a year in our fight against this terrible disease.