The Norwegians tried burning infected copses – as we have done in Leitrim, Galway, Meath and Monaghan – to no effect.

“We can’t see any point burning the trees, and you can’t burn the air,” Ditte Olrik, a biologist with the Danish Nature Agency, said.

Crash of the Ash – but this new invader is not the only one we have to fight

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