Ash tree disease
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Ash dieback scenes one year on

It is a year to the day since the news that ash dieback had been found in Britain's native woodland was officially confirmed.

The announcement sparked a deal of hand wringing and some dire predictions - it would be Armageddon in the countryside, as the disease that had decimated European forests let rip in this green and pleasant land.

It was even claimed that a third of Britain's trees might be lost in little more than a generation. The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden investigates what actually happened, and what, if anything, we do about it.

"It looks like someone's taken a flamethrower to them," said Dr Anne Edwards, a molecular biologist, looking at a diseased ash tree.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 25 October 2013.

  • 25 Oct 2013