Ash tree disease found in six new counties

Ash dieback disease which threatening to devastate the UK's native ash trees has now been found in 115 sites, Defra has said.

The results of an intensive survey by hundreds of officials over the weekend and this week show:

  • The disease has been found in 61 locations in the wider countryside, 39 planting sites and 15 tree nurseries.
  • Cases of Chalara ash dieback have been confirmed in woodlands in six more counties - Sussex, Berkshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Bedfordshire and Northumberland.
  • It had previously been identified in Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and Essex countryside.

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is holding a summit today with representatives of industry, conservation groups and experts to discuss the problem.