THE deadly fungus affecting ash trees has been discovered in Cheshire.
It is believed that the North West’s first confirmed case of the killer chalara fraxinea disease, which has already wiped out thousands of ash trees elsewhere in the country, was found in a nursery in Knutsford.
And despite the Government imposing a ban on the importation of all ash trees into the UK earlier this month, the fungus, dubbed ‘ash dieback’, still appears to be spreading at an alarming rate.
Although the disease does not appear to have affected Cheshire’s forests so far, if it does reach the already dense woodland area it could have a devastating impact on areas like Delamere Forest.
The loss of Britain's ash population would also pose a serious threat to plants and animals that depend on the trees for their survival.
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