Just been to a meeting tonight and heard about a new tree disease which is about to be announced. It doesn't sound good!
'Ash Tree Dieback Disease' has been on the continent but looks to have reached our shores. Proper name is 'Chalara fraxinea' and is caused by a fungus.
It looks set to kill off about 95% of all Ash trees and occurs very rapidly.
This is a real blow for our woodlands after the problems with Elms and Oaks of recent years. Doesn't look like there is much that can be done about it either.
Spores are carried by the wind which is why it has appeared in the South East no doubt.
I think it will hit the news very soon.