Forest of Bowland
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Tree-rotting disease takes hold in Lancashire

There are fears the tree disease ash dieback could be taking a stronger hold in Lancashire.

The Forestry Commission said the North West is among the worst areas in the country for the disease, especially in the Forest of Bowland.

Colin Riley, Woodland Trust site manager for Lancashire, said 450 diseased ash trees were being destroyed, but the forest would be restocked in the new year with oak, beech, alder and willow.

The Chalara fraxinea fungus which causes the tree-rotting disease was first discovered in Denmark in 2002.