Island ‘free of ash dieback’
Saturday 14th September 2013, 9:32AM BST.
GUERNSEY has remained free of ash dieback, the Commerce and Employment department has confirmed.
Following an outbreak in November last year the department has been updating its checks to ensure the disease has not returned.
‘A further 20 sites have been checked and a total of 11 samples taken which all proved negative for infection. Further inspections are planned this month to coincide with routine surveillance for the bacterial disease Fireblight,’ a spokesman said.
The site of the 2012 outbreak has been tested twice to ensure all ash trees have been removed, the department said. A total of 86 trees were destroyed as a result of that outbreak. A ban on importing ash trees was introduced last October and C&E confirmed it would remain in place.
‘The prohibition on the import of ash trees, logs and seeds remains in place. With infection widespread in Europe and in parts of England, the ban is likely to remain for the foreseeable future.’