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It's been confirmed that a case of a tree fungus which kills ash trees has been found in woodland in Dorset. The new case of Ash Dieback near Dorchester follows the discovery of the disease in Devon last month.
- Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea
- It has caused widespread damage to ash populations in continental Europe, including estimated losses of between 60 and 90 per cent of Denmark’s ash trees
- Chalara dieback of ash is particularly destructive of young ash plants, killing them within one growing season of symptoms becoming visible
- Local spread, up to some tens of miles, may be by wind
- Over longer distances the risk of disease spread is most likely to be through the movement of diseased ash plants
You can read more information about the spread of ash dieback disease here.
DEFRA said the disease had now been confirmed in 557 sites including 198 locations in forests and woodland.
A further case of the tree disease ash dieback has been confirmed in woodland near Dorchester.
Dorset is the 13th County in England where the disease has been discovered in forests and woodland.