Ash die-back disease discovered in Dorset
Ash die-back, the disease threatening Britain’s ash trees, has been confirmed in woodland in Dorset for the first time.
Dorset is the 13th county in England where the disease, known as Chalara, has been discovered in the wider environment.
It has already been found in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Devon, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Northumberland.
It was discovered in England’s woodland last Autumn and has now been confirmed in 557 sites including tree nurseries and 198 locations in the wider environment.
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Experts predicted more cases would be spotted as the trees came into leaf and Dorset discovery was in woodland near Dorchester.
Martin Ward, Chief Plant Health Officer said: “We will be investigating this new case closely.”