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Case of tree disease ash dieback confirmed in Minehead woodland
4:01pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
ASH dieback has been found in woodland near Minehead, DEFRA has confirmed.
The tree disease Chalara has spread to Somerset's mature woodland for the first time, following a case in newly planted trees near Nether Stowey last year.
Martin Ward, chief plant health officer, said: "We expected to see new cases once the leaves came through on ash trees.
"The better informed we are, the more effective we can be in our work to reduce the impact of this disease and we will be investigating this new case closely."
Somerset is the 15th county in England where Chalara has been discovered in the wider environment.
Others include Devon and Dorset.
The disease has now been confirmed in 564 sites.
A map showing all locations with confirmed cases of Chalara is available at the Forestry Commission website.
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