Ash dieback: Government may be sued

2012-11-05 13:01
A Polish citizen's initiative is directed to grow trees in the country. (Johannes Krause, AP)

A Polish citizen's initiative is directed to grow trees in the country. (Johannes Krause, AP)

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Cape Town – A nursery forced to destroy 50 000 ash trees after dieback fungal disease was found is considering taking legal action against the government for failing to block imports sooner.

Simon Ellis of Crowders in Lincolnshire says it was found in about 15 trees in June but officials issued an order preventing the firm from taking action.

The disease has now been confirmed at 52 locations in Britain.

In the last six weeks 100 000 ash trees have been destroyed in the UK and experts say it may be too late to stop the spread of the fungus.

Scientists say the infection in native trees has been caused by spores of a fungus, carried on the wind from mainland Europe.

Once infected by the chalara fraxinea fungus, a tree cannot be cured.

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