Dorset On Guard Against Ash Die Back
9:26am 9th November 2012
(Updated 10:53am 9th November 2012)
Dorset has so far remained unscathed by the disease that's threatening 80 million trees in the UK.
There have now been 115 confirmed cases of ash-dieback across England and Wales and it seems it's getting worse.
Although there haven't been any confirmed cases in Dorset, across the county in Devon a nursery burnt 7,000 healthy ash saplings to keep the disease away.
The disease is being likened to the Dutch Elm Disease epidemic of the 70's and threatens nearly a third of all forests and woodlands in the UK.
The most visible symptom of ash-dieback are discoloured leaves, other signs include lens-shaped lesions on stems and branches, and trees with withered tops and shoots.
The Forestry Commission are urging people to report any cases they find so they can get a grip on the disease.
If you think you may have spotted ash-dieback contact the Forestry Commission on 0131 314 6414 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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