Ash tree import ban considered by Alderney officials

A ban on the importation of ash trees is being considered in Alderney.

Alderney Wildlife Trust and the States of Alderney announced they would survey trees on the island first to see if any had ash dieback disease.

The disease killed 80% of ash trees in Denmark and a ban on the importation of ash trees was introduced in the UK and Guernsey earlier in the week.

The States said ash accounted for about 10% of the island's trees and no sign of the disease had been found so far.

Ash dieback, also known as Chalara fraxinea, is a fungus that kills trees by destroying their leaves.

The import ban in the UK was introduced after cases of the disease were found there.

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