The best case scenario is to be able to save the most valuable trees, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The department wrote to a company which had proposed a general treatment and confirmed that they had “serious doubts” it would work in woodland, according to The Times.

But the fungicides could help save trees of special conservational value, or young trees still in nurseries. 352 sites across Britain are infected with ash dieback.

The recent cold snap has stopped the spread but it is expected to resume in the spring when the in the spring when the Government will announce it’s plans to deal with the disease.

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