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Dorset On Guard Against Ash Die Back

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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 plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

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