7 October 2013: The Environmental Pillar is extremely alarmed for the future prospects of our native ash trees, now that it has been confirmed that ash dieback has been discovered in a native ash tree in a hedgerow in Leitrim. The site is close to where the disease was first found in a commercial plantation of introduced trees in November 2012.
Environmental Pillar spokesperson Andrew St Ledger said:
‘Forestry in Ireland is a house of cards when it comes to disease. Our policy of actively filling the country with monocultures of exotic trees means all our eggs are in one basket,’ Mr St Ledger concluded.