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 tree action plan to be released

A plan of action to tackle the deadly ash dieback decision is expected to be published today.

Its recommendations will include:

  • Better awareness raising and information-gathering
  • To continue surveying areas to watch out for disease and resistance
  • To focus the action on newly-planted trees, and not by cutting down older trees

The report comes after a tree health summit was convened to discuss the problem of ash tree disease - where around one hundred people came together to look over the the results of a nationwide survey of forests and woodlands.

Over the past few days hundreds of people from government agencies and other groups around the country urgently surveyed thousands of areas of land across the country to look for areas affected by ash dieback.

It was the largest operation of its kind ever undertaken.

"We called this summit to bring together the best ideas from experts and all who care for our forests so that we can urgently prepare an action plan on how to tackle Chalara and better protect our trees for the future.

Many of the idease discussed today are extremely interesting, and our scientists and plant health experts will examine them urgently and include the most effective ones in an action plan"

– Owen Paterson, Environment Secretary

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