Dorset ash dieback: Defra investigating
The first case of the deadly ash dieback disease has been confirmed in a woodland near Dorchester in Dorset.
The county is the 13th in England where the disease has been discovered and second in the Westcountry after Devon.
The disease has now been confirmed at 557 sites after it was first found in the UK last year.
Martin Ward, chief plant health officer at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: "We expected to see new cases once the leaves came through on ash trees.
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"The better informed we are, the more effective we can be in our work to reduce the impact of this disease and we will be investigating this new case closely."
Britain has about 80 million native ash trees, which cover about 5% of all woodland.
About 100,000 trees had to be destroyed last year.
Thousands of mature, native ash trees were dug up and burned in July after the devastating disease was confirmed in Devon.
Work is ongoing nationally to identify genetic resistance in ash trees. Saplings have been planted in sites across East Anglia and will be monitored to see which ones show signs of resisting the disease.