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Farnley Tyas ash dieback saplings destroyed at nursery

Ash sapling
Image caption The ash dieback disease has so far been found on trees at more than 80 locations in England and Scotland

Ash saplings at a plant nursery in West Yorkshire have been destroyed after being found to be contaminated with the fungus which causes ash dieback.

About 1,700 saplings at the Farnley Estates nursery at Farnley Tyas, Huddersfield, were burned after tests showed the Chalara fungus was present.

All the seeds were indigenous to the UK but had been sent for propagation to Germany, owner Paul Sykes confirmed.

More than 100,000 trees have now been burned across the UK.

Suspected cases

The Chalara fraxinea fungus has devastated woodlands across Europe, although other trees are not affected.

Scientists say the infection in native trees has been caused by the fungus being carried on the wind from mainland Europe.

A plant health order banning imports and the movement of ash trees came into force on 29 October.

Officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are currently investigating suspected cases across the country, with the full results of the survey expected on Wednesday.

So far, the disease has been found at more than 80 locations in England and Scotland.

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