England’s beautiful landscapes are threatened by a new type of disease, the Chalara fraxinea. According to government officials and spokesmen of various ecological organisations, the disease has already been found in many places in the UK and it is too late to stop it.
The most recent place where the disease was identified is Sussex, where it had affected a number of ash trees. Experts state that a potential outbreak of Chalara fraxinea may severely damaged the country’s landscape. During the past couple of months, specialist surveyed 92% of the territory of Scotland, Wales and England and found the disease in 115 different sites.
Specialists like Dr Tony Whitbread claim that the consequences of this disease may be devastating for the UK’s landscape. His exact words were: “We can’t be completely sure what affect the disease will have on the landscape, but our research shows that major parts of the landscape may be devastated.
We expect that in the next couple of months we’ll see lots of dead trees. The damaged landscape will threaten wildlife and have a negative impact on the country’s economy as well.”
The Chalara fraxinea is a type of fungus which was first found in 1992. The disease was concentrated in Eastern Europe, but it has spread across the entire continent during the past two decades. The UK was safe from it until March 2012, when it was first identified in Buckinghamshire. The fungus can have a serious effect on the 80 million ash trees found in the UK.