Hope for ash dieback as Somerset trees show resistance

National Trust finds ash trees on its Holnicote estate that have survived dieback far longer than thought possible

Trees in a Somerset estate have survived ash dieback for far longer than previously thought possible – suggesting there may be potential to slow the spread of the disease in the British countryside.

The National Trust said only 10% of the 6,000 ash trees at its Holnicote estate, near Minehead, are showing any signs of the disease, despite having been infected for five years longer than any other tree in the UK so far.

Ash dieback, known as chalara fraxinea, is present in one other small plantation nearby but does not appear to have spread any further, which the trust said was at odds with government predictions suggesting it should have spread further and infected more trees in this time.

The findings suggest tackling the disease in the UK is not a lost cause and control measures could slow the spread from south-east England, where the disease appears to have been wind-blown from mainland Europe.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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