Ash tree disease action plan

Ministers have published an action plan outlining how it plans to tackle ash dieback disease that threatens 80 million trees in Britain. There are now 115 confirmed cases in the UK

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Environment Secretary: Govt has done the 'right thing at the right time'

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said that the Government has done "the right thing at the right time" over ash dieback.

Asked by the BBC whether the ban on ash tree imports had been too late, he said the restrictions would have been pointless because no trees are planted during the summer months.

He said the issue was being dealt with at "the highest level" of Government.

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