Dieback claims even more trees
AS many as 1,000 more older trees are showing signs of the fungus associated with ash dieback, the Mid Devon farmer at the centre of an outbreak of the devastating tree disease has warned.
John Greenslade has already had to fell 1,500 young trees at his farm near Bickleigh to try to contain the disease's spread after symptoms were spotted in woodland last month.
The outbreak was a terrible shock for Mr Greenslade who had spent 20 years building up the natural woodland to enable the public to share his passion for the countryside.
A seven-acre section of woodland was affected by the outbreak, and Mr Greenslade said the Forestry Commission had told him this represented the first outbreak of this size and involving mature trees this side of Essex.
He now believes 1,000 more older trees are showing signs of the fungus and may have to be felled and burnt.