Ash disease found in Devon
Devon has become the 11th 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, Lincolnshire and Northumberland.
The disease has now been confirmed at 525 sites including 185 locations in the wider environment.
Chalara was discovered in England’s woodland last Autumn but as the trees are leafing, it is easier to see cases of the disease and further sites are likely to be identified.
Meanwhile, work is ongoing to identify genetic resistance in ash trees – as part of the Government’s plan to manage Chalara a quarter of a million saplings have been planted in East Anglia to expose them to the disease and they will be monitored to see which ones show signs of resistance.