from the BBC:

A deadly fungus is spreading “more quickly and lethally” through the UK’s ash trees than experts had anticipated, BBC Wales has learnt.

Millions of diseased trees near buildings, roads and railways will have to be cut down.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) warned of a “very significant impact” on the landscape.

The Welsh government announced it was setting up an expert group to advise on the issue.

Landowners are already paying out thousands of pounds to hire tree surgeons, temporary traffic lights and other equipment to deal with the problem – known as ash dieback.

One described the situation as a “tragedy”.

A recent survey – which split the UK into 10km grid squares – found infections had been confirmed across 80% of Wales, 68% of England, 32% of Northern Ireland and 20% of Scotland.

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