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Rare ash tree disease found in Co Leitrim

Hurley manufacturers and other forestry importers have been urged to stop all importation of ash timber and trees immediately, after a new disease affecting ash trees was confirmed in Co Leitrim.

Chalara fraxinea, more commonly known as ash dieback, is widespread in Europe but has never before been found in Ireland. It causes necrotic lesions on stems and branches leading to foliage wilt, dieback of branches and death of the top of the crown.

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