Ash dieback 'cannot be eradicated' but woodland visits ok


The UK Chief Plant Health Officer Martin Ward has said that ash dieback will not be eradicated - but that there is no reason for people not to visit woodlands.

He spoke to BBC News after attending a summit on the outbreak which proposed focusing on newly planted trees and better surveillance to tackle the disease.

Mr Ward said the fungus which causes the disease did not have long-lasting spores so the outbreak could be contained by collecting the ash trees' fallen leaves.

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