The National Trust welcomed the decision not to chop down mature trees, and backed the commitment to destroy young plants, but said it was surprised the government believed it will not be possible to eradicate the disease.

“We should keep an open mind as to whether it may be possible to eradicate it, or at least contain it within the core area in the east,” Dr Simon Pryor, director of natural environment at the Trust, said.

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