155 cases of ash dieback disease across Great Britain

There are now 155 cases of the deadly tree disease, ash dieback, across Great Britain, according to the Government.

Defra minister David Heath gave MPs an update on the situation in the House of Commons today. He said:

As of today the results of that survey show 155 cases of ash dieback caused by Chalara across Great Britain, 15 of these are in nursery stock, 55 are in recently planted sites and 85 are in the wider environment.

Further suspect cases are currently under investigation and we'll continue to provide updates on confirmed cases through the Forestry Commission website.