Experts are looking for locations in the west and north-west which are naturally protected from the wind – which can carry the spores of the dieback fungus – and also isolated from contact with infected, imported saplings.

Mature trees which show natural resistance to the disease will be used to try to develop new strains of ash which could be transported to these safe havens to help restock Scotland’s forests in future.

http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/environment/quarantine-zones-to-be-established-in-war-on-ash-dieback-1-2631948

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