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Deadly Tree Disease Found In Cornwall

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2:02pm 10th December 2012

A deadly tree disease that could change the face of our countryside has been found to Cornwall.

The Duchy's first case of ash dieback has been found near Camborne.

It is listed on the Forestry Commission website as an infection found in a newly planted site.

It is feared the fungus could wipe out ninety percent of the species in the UK, after it came into the country from The Netherlands in February.

Mark Prior, Area Director in the South West for the Forrestry Commission said: "Ash is scattered all over our landscape, both in woodlands, hedgerows and gardens, so potentially, as with the elm twenty-five, thirty years ago, it will have a serious impact in terms of landscape and certainly on our biodiversity.

"Obviously, it'll be very sad if we do see this serious impact in the environment. We've still got many other species of tree out there which will fill the gaps in the interim. But I think it will mean that for a number of years, we may see less ash trees."

There are things we can do to help prevent the disease spreading. If you are visiting an infected or suspected area:

- Do not remove any plant material (firewood, sticks, leaves or cuttings) from the woodland.

- Where possible, before leaving the woodland, clean soil, mud, leaves and other plant material from footwear, clothing, dogs, the wheels and tyres of bicycles, baby buggies, carriages and other vehicles, and remove any leaves which are sticking to your car.

- Before visiting other countryside sites, parks, garden centres and nurseries, thoroughly wash your footwear, wheels and tyres in soapy water.

- Please follow the instructions on any signs or posters.

2:02pm 10th December 2012

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