Peterborough’s trees threatened by deadly disease

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A deadly disease, known as Ash dieback which could decimate Britain’s woodland could have arrived in the Peterborough area.

The highly destructive fungal infection chalara fraxinea, commonly known as Ash dieback, is sweeping the country, prompting crisis talks.

The University of East Anglia launched a website which allows amateurs to photograph suspected cases for experts to analyse.

The system has flagged up at least one likely case in March and another in Great Gidding, near the A1M.

About six other cases are unclear and experts have asked for a second picture.

The news has prompted Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) to develop a pest and disease strategy with Peterborough City Council.

Joseph Durant, Forest for Peterborough project officer for PECT, said: “Ash dieback is a significant concern and it is thought the disease has reached our shores via imported trees.

“During the Forest for Peterborough project PECT has been planting UK provenance Ash grown locally in a nursery just 12 miles from Peterborough.

“The Forest for Peterborough team is also working in partnership with Peterborough City Council to support the Tree Warden Network.”

A spokeswoman for the city council said Ash made up a high proportion of the 277 hectares of woodland managed by the council, although mostly in the rural areas.

The council expects to get further advice from the summit today.

More information on Chalara dieback of ash (Chalara fraxinea) and information on how to identify it - Forestry Commission