Sudden oak death has been discovered in oak trees and blaeberries in Scotland, according to The Scotsman.

The infection has been discovered in blaeberry plants in Merkland Wood, at Brodick Country Park on Arran, with a further suspected infection in two oak trees.

Richard Luxmoore, the National Trust for Scotland’s senior nature adviser, said: ‘[Sudden oak death] could have a devastating impact on some of the important natural habitats in Scotland … We feel that there is an urgent need for the Scottish Government to tackle their inexorable spread.’

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