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It's been confirmed the deadly fungus that's killling ash trees, has reached the West Country. A case of ash dieback has been detected in Devon.
The Forestry Commission is not saying exactly where the disease has struck, but It's led to growing concerns the West Country landscape will never be the same again. Earlier, we spoke with Martin Hesp, countryside writer and columnist with the Western Morning News.
It's been confirmed that a case of the tree disease Ash Dieback has been discovered in the West Country.
The Forestry Commission says the Chalara fraxinea fungus has been found near Exeter.
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.
A Devon plant nursery has set fire to much of its own healthy stock to try to prevent the spread of a disease which could destroy huge areas of our countryside.
It's feared much of our landscape could be devastated if Ash Dieback disease reaches the South West.
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.