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Watch Out For Ash Dieback In Dorset

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8:13am 8th December 2012

We're being warned to look out for signs of Ash Dieback in South Dorset.

The killer disease was found in UK trees for the first time earlier this year.

Although there have been no reported cases in Dorset yet the County Council says the chance of fungus spores spreading in the wind is high.

Nature enthusiasts, walkers and gardeners are being asked to keep watch on their local ash trees for signs of a new disease.

Symptoms include the premature loss of leaves from the outer parts of the crown (top and sides) and long diamond-shaped lesions or areas of sunken and discoloured bark on twigs.

These lesions girdle twigs and small branches, starving the leaves above of water and nutrients and causing whole branches to die. In mature trees, it is the new growth that is affected.

Dorset County Council arboricultural manager Steve Maros said: "We're asking residents to be vigilant for signs of the disease and report any ash tree they suspect has been infected. Obviously it will be difficult to spot at this time of year and is more likely to be identified in the spring when the trees should come into leaf.

Further information about ash dieback disease and details of who to contact in the event of a suspected case can be found at www.dorsetforyou.com/ash-dieback-disease

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