A FURTHER case of tree disease ash dieback has been confirmed in North West Leicestershire.
Enviroment watchdog Defra revealed that woodland in Ashby had tested positive for the disease known as Chalara.
It was initially discovered in England’s woodlands last autumn as a result of an intensive survey carried out of sites across the UK where ash trees were known to be present.
Martin Ward, chief plant health officer, said: “We expected to see new cases once the leaves came through on ash trees.
“The better informed we are, the more effective we can be in our work to reduce the impact of this disease and we will be investigating this new case closely.”
A map showing all locations with confirmed cases of Chalara is available at www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara
Collection success for cancer support group
MORE than £650 was raised for charity during a bucket collection at Burton Albion.
Members of Burton Breast Care Support Group were out in force for the Brewers’ game against Bury, dressed in pink in a bid to raise much needed funds.
Albion fans dug deep and handed over a total of £656.33 for Burton’s Queen’s Hospital chemotherapy unit.
Linda Blood, of the group, said: “We would like to thank everyone who participated in the charity collection. “This must include chairman Ben Robinson and all the people who work at the Pirelli Stadium and the supporters who made our day a complete success.”
Charity bingo to help raise stroke club cash
THE date of a charity bingo session has been announced.
It will take place from 6.30pm tomorrow at Henhurst Hill Sports and Social Club.
All funds raised will go towards Burton Stroke Club.