Ash tree disease found in Gwynedd


Geraint Jones

A DISEASE which kills ash trees has been detected in Gwynedd.

An employee spotted the Chalara dieback of ash at  a newly-planted site in Glynllifon, near Caernarfon.

Environment Minister John Griffiths said the Welsh Government working with the Forestry Commission, Defra, the Food and Environment Research Agency and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland on a UK-wide response.

He added: "Tree diseases do not respect country boundaries and we need to provide a consistent approach to this threat in order to meet the demands of stakeholders and the public and to ensure that our response is co-ordinated and based on the most up to date scientific evidence.”

Forestry Commission Wales (FCW) said the disease was also been identified at five sites in the Wentwood and Wye Valley areas after laboratory analysis of samples taken from the young ash trees.

The UK Government has banned imports and movements of ash plants and seeds into and within Great Britain.

Mr Griffiths added:  “I believe the action we have taken to date is the proportionate response at this stage, although this is a rapidly developing situation and I therefore intend to keep the position under review in order to respond quickly to any new information that might require us to adopt a different approach.”

Chalara poses no risk to human or animal health. However, FCW asked to behave responsibly and to be aware that the main source of spread is from the transport of infected ash plant parts.

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