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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 outlines aims of ash tree summit

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will today host a summit "to get the very best ideas on how to handle" ash dieback disease.

He told ITV News:

"Today is about the Ash Tree problem but we're already looking ahead and I have asked Ian Boyd, our senior scientific advisor, to set up a task force which is already under way on how to handle what appears to be an increasing problem of dangerous plant diseases which can threaten our environment.

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