First news on ash dieback for a while

After a period of quiet, this sounds like an attempt at progress on the ash dieback front (from BBC):

The government is to plant a quarter of a million ash trees in an attempt to find strains that are resistant to the fungus responsible for ash dieback… (click for more).The £1.5m project is part of the long term management plan, unveiled by the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson.

Funding will also be made available to woodland owners to help them remove infected ash saplings.

The National Trust said it was too late to eradicate the disease, but the government plan could buy time.

There’s a tempting picture of a man aiming a smoking spray gun. I wonder if there is a simple wild west style solution to this complex problem.

Looks dramatic. But will it work?

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