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It's been confirmed that a case of the disease Ash Dieback has been discovered in newly planted trees in the West Country.
The Forestry Commission says the Chalara fraxinea fungus has been found near Bristol.
It was on a site that had been recently planted and they say the infection will remain contained. The disease has so far spread to 65 woodlands across the country.
The government has imposed an import ban on ash trees, and a nationwide survey is being carried out to find out how far it has spread.
There are fears tonight that much of our countryside could be devastated as experts warn a deadly ash tree fungus could soon be rife in the west. Just under a third of our woodlands are made up of Ash trees and today a parliamentary summit was held to discuss the Ash Dieback disease.
Dr Christopher Hancock, who is a senior ecologist with the Somerset Wildlife Trust, fears Ash Dieback could decimate some of the area's iconic British woodlands...
A parliamentary summit's being held today to discuss the deadly ash tree fungus.
Thirty per cent of West Country woodlands are made up of ash trees. Scientists are afraid that much of our countryside could be devastated if the Ash Dieback fungus reaches the South West.