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BTC/76/2012 - Barrell On … The inherent dangers of monocultures. Horticulture Week Opinion (November 2012)

“It is too late, the damage is done and the opportunity for prevention has been missed”

An estimated 80 million of our native trees are ash and they are beginning to die from a fungal disease called Chalara fraxinea. Already rampant across the continent, it has decimated up to 90 per cent of Denmark's ash population and it has now been found on mature ash in the UK. To set this into context, Dutch elm disease wiped out most of our 25 million trees, so this disease has a potential impact three times greater than that

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