Britain’s ash tree population in serious danger from new disease

A new disease has recently been found which is threatening to destroy many of the ash trees that are seen in the country. There are currently 18 million of these trees around the UK, and it has recently been discovered that the government estimates of the spread of the disease could be significantly less than the actual damage that is being done.

Areas in Sussex, Greater London, Surrey and Worcestershire all seem to have trees which are being affected by the disease, and the spread of the disease is being tracked by the University of East Anglia.

People are being encouraged to take photographs of trees that they think could be infected by the fungus, on their smart phones, through a special app which is submitting the pictures to the University for study, and also to an official map which has been put together by the Forestry Commission.

The government have recently confirmed that the cases of the disease are significantly worse in part of the Essex and Kent countryside, than was originally feared. Various tests have been conducted on trees to see how far the disease has gone, and so far they have been very troubling.

Various new sightings that have been rumoured around the country have yet to be confirmed by an official laboratory, or tests that are conducted in the field, but if the number of reports is anywhere near close the number of trees infected with the disease, it could be a disaster for the ash tree population in the UK.

It is possible that the vast majority of trees in the UK could even be killed off by the spread of the disease. Scientists are hoping that the ash trees are going to be more resilient than the elm trees, which were largely destroyed in the UK during the 1990s.