The first case of ash dieback disease in Wales has been confirmed by the Forestry Commission in Wales. The disease was found on saplings in private woodland in the Carmarthen area. The trees, which were planted in 2009, are still quite small and measures are being put in place to minimise the risk of the disease spreading to the wider environment.
The site will be quarantined to prevent spread of the fungal infection and the Forestry Commission have said they will work with the woodland owner to deal with the infected trees.
The discovery follows a survey of the whole of Wales over the past four days to check the condition of the country’s ash trees.
The disease was recorded for the first time in Britain earlier this year at a car park in Leicestershire and subsequently at several sites in the south-east of England and Scotland.
The UK Government imposed a ban on imports and movements of ash plants and seeds into and within Great Britain last week.
Chalara poses no risk to human or animal health but people are being asked to behave responsibly and to be aware that the main source of spread is from the transport of infected ash plant parts. When visiting the countryside, the public are being asked not to move ash trees and leaves and take steps to remove the mud from their boots, clothes, bicycles, baby buggies and dogs.