Ash dieback disease, caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea has to this date
been found at over 400 sites in the United Kingdom. Predominantly in the East
and Southeast of the country, ash dieback has also been discovered in ash
trees as far apart as Inverness and Cornwall.
The latest news on this catastrophe is the announcement that 250,000 young
ash trees are to be planted in an effort to combat the disease. It is hoped that
the young trees will grow a natural resistence to the disease and the ash trees
will then over time win the numbers game.
The £1.5 million project is the first of its kind in Europe and the young trees will
be carefully monitored and their genetic material studied if they do show a
You can read much more about the outbreak stage, what scientists know about
the disease, symptoms, reporting diseased trees, managing the disease and
other key facts and figures at http://www.forestry.gov.uk