Farnley Tyas ash dieback destruction 'soul-destroying'

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The destruction of ash saplings found to be contaminated with the fungus responsible for ash dieback disease has been "soul-destroying", the custodian of a West Yorkshire tree plantation has admitted.

About 1,700 ash tree saplings have been burned at Farnley Tyas, near Huddersfield, in an effort to stop the spread of the disease, and will cost thousands of pounds to replace.

The Chalara fraxinea fungus has devastated woodlands across Europe, and there are now fears it could spread to Yorkshire's ancient woodlands.

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