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U.K. bans ash tree import over fungus

Oct. 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The British environment secretary said Saturday the country is banning the importing of ash trees in an effort to stop the spread of a tree fungus.

The Chalara fraxinea fungus, which causes a disease called Chalara dieback, was first found in ash trees in a nursery in Buckinghamshire in February, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Since then, it has spread and been confirmed in woodland in East Anglia.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said Saturday a ban on importing ash trees to the United Kingdom will come into effect Monday.

"I have already prepared the legislation and we're ready to go. The evidence is clearly there. It will now be illegal to bring in ash trees and move them around," he said.

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