The UK Government have confirmed that a case of the tree disease Chalara fraxinea, also known as ash dieback, has been confirmed in woodland in Somerset, near Minehead.
Somerset is the 15th county in England where Chalara has been discovered in the wider environment (forests and woodland); the other counties are Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Devon, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Dorset and Northumberland.
The disease has now been confirmed in 564 sites including 206 locations in the wider environment. Chalara was discovered in England’s woodland last autumn as a result of the intensive survey carried out of sites across the UK where ash trees are known to be present. As the trees are now in leaf, it is easier to see cases of Chalara and further sites are likely to be identified.
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The Forest Skills Ltd Team
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