There has been little talk about ash dieback in Northern Ireland since its presence was first reported last autumn. Unfortunately the disease has not disappeared.
One of the region's local papers has stated recently that Derry City Council's Biodiversity Officer had cause to report symptoms of the disease ,which had been spotted at Londonderry's City Cemetery this spring, to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD). The Londonderry Sentinel goes on to say that the trees had apparently been sourced and planted by a landscape contractor involved in the recent extension works at the cemetery.
As a result of an inspection DARD issued a destruction order which required the trees and associated soil to be removed from the site and buried at a depth of more than two metres. This was to be carried out by the contractor by 12th July.