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Ash tree dieback plan to be announced

The Government is set to publish an action plan today for tackling a disease which threatens to devastate the UK's ash trees.

The plan to deal with Chalara ash dieback will be outlined after Environment Secretary Owen Paterson chairs a second meeting of the Government's emergency committee to agree how best to deal with the problem.

The Chalara fraxinea fungus, which causes leaf loss and crown dieback and can lead to tree death in ash trees, has wiped out 90% of ash trees in some parts of Denmark and is becoming widespread throughout central Europe.