The effects of dieback fungal disease on an ash tree
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Ash dieback: Government faces possible legal action

A nursery forced to destroy 50,000 ash trees after dieback fungal disease was found is considering taking legal action against the government for failing to block imports sooner.

Simon Ellis of Crowders in Lincolnshire says the disease was found in 15 trees in June but officials issued an order preventing the firm from taking action.

The disease has now been confirmed at 52 locations in England and Scotland and experts are warning that it may be too late to stop the spread of the fungus.

Ministers say the import ban was brought in as soon as it was practical.

Jenny Hill reports.

  • 05 Nov 2012
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