The disease of ash trees which is caused by the fungus Chalara fraxinea, was identified in young ash saplings at five sites in counties Down and Antrim. The plants, all linked to continental imports, showed symptoms of the disease and after samples were sent for laboratory analysis results proved positive.

Statutory notices has been served on the owners of the plantations requiring destruction of around 5,000 affected ash saplings and associated plant debris.

http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/news-dard-161112-first-ash-dieback

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