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Ash dieback hits Bicester copse

Monday, 12 November 2012 12:24

Ash dieback disease is devastating our trees Ash dieback disease is devastating our trees Photo: © Wikipedia

Dieback disease: 20 ash trees planted earlier this year to celebrate CPRE's 80th anniversary have today been destroyed

Twenty ash trees planted in a copse by earlier this year to celebrate CPRE's 80th anniversary are being dug up and destroyed today over concerns they may be affected by the deadly fungus ash dieback disease, which has been identified on a nearby site.

The copse of 80 trees was planted on the Kingsmere development, south west of Bicester, and includes all native species: ash, oak, field maple and lime. The copse will form a natural barrier, and help to protect the surrounding villages as Bicester expands. But the ash trees have to go.

Bruce Tremayne, Chair of CPRE Bicester, said: “This is very upsetting, but the potentially diseased trees must be removed. CPRE now appeals for funds to replace the ash trees as soon as possible.”

Please pledge a donation to CPRE Oxfordshire to help pay for new trees by phoning 01865 874780 or send a cheque.  THANK YOU!

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