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The Telegraph: Fight to save a third of Britain’s trees from killer fungus

A desperate fight has begun to save a third of Britain’s trees from a killer fungus which threatens to bring devastation to the country’s forests.

It looks like serious stuff, so serious (God help the trees) that the government has launched a taskforce to deal with it. The “ash dieback” fungus has laid waste to ash trees across Europe for twenty years now. First found in Poland, it spread across Europe, reaching Denmark in 2002 where it has now destroyed over 90% of ash trees.

It was first picked up in Britain in February this year since when thousands of trees have been burned. And when does a ban on the importation of saplings and trees kick in? Today. Jolly well done to the bureaucrats, they’re as sharp and efficient as always.

(Before someone says it: most forests and trees are privately owned in the UK. Using state power to prevent one private party from acting in ways which would affect and kill the property of others is perfectly legitimate.)

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  1. This is a mega-disaster. Ash trees comprise about one third of our tree cover and it is likely that we will lose 90% of them. That’s much worse than the inpact of Dutch Elm disease in the 1970s. The woodland behind my house is dominated by ash and I shudder to think what it will look like in ten years.

    The ban on imports should have been at least a year ago.

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