Killer ash dieback fungus spreads to Wales and Scotland

  • 9 November 2012
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Joe reports on 'ash dieback' disease

The deadly tree fungus threatening the UK's ash trees is here to stay, say the government.

Recent survey results have said that 115 sites across the UK are now known to be affected by 'ash dieback' disease.

The government were cutting down trees to stop the fungus spreading further.

But in an action plan announced today they've said they want to make older trees 'resistant' to the illness, rather than destroying them.

Ash dieback has already wiped out 90 per cent of ash trees in Denmark.

The Forestry Commission, who look after Britain's forests and woodlands, sent more than 500 members of staff to search for evidence of the disease across England, Scotland and Wales.

Portable DNA technology is still being used to monitor how fast the tree disease spreading.

Ministers have already banned live trees from being brought into the UK to try and stop the spread of the killer fungus.

The disease was spotted for the first time in the UK in February, and has since moved to Scotland and Wales.

Ash trees make up almost a third of woodland in the UK and it's feared if it continues to spread, it could wipe out millions of trees across the country.

Experts hope that by putting this new plan into action, they'll still be able to save some of our ash tree population.