Imports of ash trees will be banned from today in an attempt to stop the spread of a disease that has practically wiped them out in parts of Denmark.
Chalara fraxinea has been found in at least eleven woods in Norfolk and Suffolk. In Denmark the fungus has wiped out 90% of ash trees in seven years.
The disease was first found in the UK in nurseries, but last week it was confirmed to have been found in the wider countryside in East Anglia. But the disease doesn't just endanger trees:
The Wildlife Trusts is also concerned about what this disease can mean for our landscape:
The Forestry Commission has said it is surveying ash trees in our region, and if the number and area of infected sites is small then the infected trees could be destroyed. Watch Malcolm Robertson's report.