Confirmed cases of the deadly tree disease ash dieback are now so widespread that controlling the illness without a cure will pose “long term problems”, the environment secretary warns.

Confirmed cases of the deadly tree disease ash dieback are now so widespread they are beyond containment, experts warn (Reuters)

Owen Paterson conceded that earlier estimates that 80m ash trees may be lost to the illness were likely to be an “underestimate” and that we were “at risk of losing a significant number of ash trees”.

A survey of 2,500 blocks of land by plant health experts has established that the disease has been confirmed in 115 sites across Britain, from woodlands in the south east, including Sussex and Berkshire, to Yorkshire and Northumberland in the north. It had already been identified in countryside in Norfolk and Suffolk.

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