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Dorset Wildlife Trust Concerned Over Ash Die Back

Ash dieback diseased leaf

11:59am 22nd August 2013

Dorset Wildlife Trust have told Wessex FM of their concern over the confirmed case of Ash Dieback disease found in woodland in Dorset.

We told you on Tuesday that a case had been confirmed in woods between Dorchester and Bridport.

DWT's Trees and Woodland Officer, Abby Gibbs, said: "This is a sad day for ash woodlands in Dorset and across the UK.

Further loss of these beautiful trees will undoubtedly affect the species which depend on them to survive. Therefore, we are asking members of the public to be vigilant, and report any sightings of affected ash trees to the Forestry Commission immediately."

Visible symptoms of infected Ash trees include: dead or dying tops of trees (best visible in the summer), lesions and cankers on stems/branches/shoot, dieback of leaves with brown/black leaf stalks, and staining of wood under bark lesions.

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