First ash dieback case in Hampshire

First ash dieback case in Hampshire

First ash dieback case in Hampshire

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THE first Hampshire case of a disease that threatens to wipe out ash trees across the country has been found.

Ash dieback has been discovered in the county more than two years after it was first found in the UK.

Hampshire had been one of the last counties in England to be free of the disease.

The first case in the county has been found at the Alice Holt Forest in north-east Hampshire.

Conservationists are worried that it could devastate the ash population in the same way that Dutch elm disease wiped out elm trees in the 1970s.

Known as Chalara fraxinea, the fungus was found after being blown over the English Channel or imported via nurseries.

It causes the crown of ash trees to blacken and wither, and can kill younger trees.

A Forestry Commission spokesman said the case is in longer-established trees rather than in trees which had been recently planted.

There is a forestry research station at Alice Holt Forest.

The spokesman said: “It is no surprise the first instance would turn up in a place like Alice Holt because it has a lot of visits by foresters and researchers.”

He said that infected trees would be cut down only if there was a public safety issue.

Ash trees make up just 1.4 per cent of Alice Holt Forest.

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11:24am Fri 18 Jul 14

noodlesnewman says...

I never seen so many dead and dying tree s in my near fifty years of existance , all i keep finding in my garden is dead and dying bee s , the planets certainly entered an extinction period which is being encouraged by the massive geoengineering programe over our heads ,and i cannot believe the government deny its going on ! staggering ! the mere fact they are denying whats blatantly obvious is EXTREMELY WORRYING !
I never seen so many dead and dying tree s in my near fifty years of existance , all i keep finding in my garden is dead and dying bee s , the planets certainly entered an extinction period which is being encouraged by the massive geoengineering programe over our heads ,and i cannot believe the government deny its going on ! staggering ! the mere fact they are denying whats blatantly obvious is EXTREMELY WORRYING ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Fri 18 Jul 14

befriendly says...

Quote from Alice Holt staff member."Tress will be cut down only if there is a public safety issue." In other words we'll let the fungus grow and spread to other trees. The same as they did with Dutch Elm disease and look what that did. They know what causes it, yet they won't cut down and burn the infected trees. Mad scientists indeed.
Quote from Alice Holt staff member."Tress will be cut down only if there is a public safety issue." In other words we'll let the fungus grow and spread to other trees. The same as they did with Dutch Elm disease and look what that did. They know what causes it, yet they won't cut down and burn the infected trees. Mad scientists indeed. befriendly
  • Score: 4

3:24pm Fri 18 Jul 14

mickey01 says...

Get SPECIAL BRANCH on the case they will get to the ROOT of the problem
Get SPECIAL BRANCH on the case they will get to the ROOT of the problem mickey01
  • Score: 3

4:27pm Fri 18 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Leslie Ash isn't looking to good lately either.........
Leslie Ash isn't looking to good lately either......... burgerboy
  • Score: 3

5:05pm Fri 18 Jul 14

theoriginalwasp says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
I never seen so many dead and dying tree s in my near fifty years of existance , all i keep finding in my garden is dead and dying bee s , the planets certainly entered an extinction period which is being encouraged by the massive geoengineering programe over our heads ,and i cannot believe the government deny its going on ! staggering ! the mere fact they are denying whats blatantly obvious is EXTREMELY WORRYING !
Wow, holy cow! Breaking News: The Planet has "certainly" entered an extinction period.

You're wrong.

The Planet has not entered an extinction period.
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: I never seen so many dead and dying tree s in my near fifty years of existance , all i keep finding in my garden is dead and dying bee s , the planets certainly entered an extinction period which is being encouraged by the massive geoengineering programe over our heads ,and i cannot believe the government deny its going on ! staggering ! the mere fact they are denying whats blatantly obvious is EXTREMELY WORRYING ![/p][/quote]Wow, holy cow! Breaking News: The Planet has "certainly" entered an extinction period. You're wrong. The Planet has not entered an extinction period. theoriginalwasp
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