Dame Helen Mirren warns against the dangers of xylella

Dame Helen Mirren has revealed her Italian olive grove at the home where she spends four months a year is under threat from a deadly plant disease as she warns British holidaymakers not to bring plants back from abroad.

The actress has joined forces with the Royal Horticultural Society in a campaign to stop the spread of the disease Xylella fastidiosa. 

Mrs Mirren has a home in Puglia, where many of the olive trees, which are up to 2,000 years old, have been ravaged by the fast-spreading bacteria.

Her 80 olive trees have so far been unaffected by the disease, but they are at imminent risk as the disease spreads so quickly and so easily.

Read more at The Telegraph (Helena Horton)


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