Tonight, the National Trust has announced that the second case of ash dieback Chalara fraxinea, has been confirmed on its land in Northern Ireland, at a three and a half hectare site on the North Antrim coastline.

The first was confirmed at Borrowdale in Cumbria this morning.

Ian McCurley, regional forestry adviser said: “Unfortunately ash dieback has now been confirmed at one of our Northern Ireland sites.  We are devastated by this news; it is a really sad day for our woodlands here.