16:35 Saturday 01 February 2014

Trust in plea over threat to trees

Written byROB SMYTH

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THE Woodland Trust is concerned that nearly 300 trees in Staffordshire could be in danger from a range of threats.

The charity’s ancient tree hunt register contains more than 115,000 trees, some of which have survived for more than 1,000 years, and the majority of these could face direct threats from pests and diseases.

This includes 7,000 ash trees which may be at risk from ash dieback.

It is thought that 285 in Staffordshire could be at risk and around the same amount in South Derbyshire.

To find out more about spotting ash dieback and other tree diseases already present in the UK, or to record possible disease in an ancient tree in East Staffordshire head online to www.forestry.gov.uk/treealert

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