Tree disease warning over ash dieback spread

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THE tree expert of a local authority has warned any cases of Ash dieback disease must be reported immediately.

The devastating disease is threatening large swathes of woodland in the UK, but has yet to reach Hampshire.

Stewart Garside, arboricultural officer at East Hampshire District Council, said: ‘At the moment we have had no cases of Ash dieback in the district. However, we remain vigilant over the health of the trees in our parks and countryside.

‘East Hampshire is a rural district so are asking people to keep their eyes open for signs of the disease. Learn what to look out for and get in touch with the helpline if you are concerned.’

Ash dieback, also known as chalara fraxinea, causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees and can lead to tree death.

The disease is being treated as a quarantine pest under national emergency measures. It is therefore important that suspected cases of the disease are reported to the Forestry Commission or Food and Environmental Research Agency

Anyone concerned should call 08459 335577 or email