Ash tree disease hits region

There have been four confirmed cases of ash dieback disease in the region, a fungal infection that could have serious consequences for our natural woodlands.

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Ash dieback disease found in Northumberland

A new survey has revealed that more cases of ash dieback disease have been confirmed in the region.

Further cases of the tree disease Chalara, also known as ash dieback, have been confirmed in woodland in Sussex, Berkshire, Bedfordshire,Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Northumberland.

The disease has now been confirmed in more than one hundred sites, but it is not thought that the disease is rapidly spreading - but has in fact been undiscovered and was originally caused by spores blown in from mainland Europe over a number of years.

The ash tree is a native British species of tree, providing around five percent of all woodland cover for the country.

Chalara is a serious disease that has affected a high proportion of ash trees in northern Europe

“The science on Chalara is still emerging and the more evidence we have, the greater our knowledge and understanding of this disease and the better we are able to tackle it."

– Martin Ward, Chief Plant Health Officer

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