Worries as ash tree disease found across Midlands

Rob McBride - who calls himself the Tree Hunter has been recording the county's trees, he says the news is very grim Photo:

More worrying developments for the future of the ash trees so many people love.

Shropshire has some of the most striking examples, but it's now been confirmed the county has ash dieback.

The disease has been found in newly planted trees on a site between Church Stretton and Ludlow.

Near Leicester 500 ash trees planted just over a year ago are to be destroyed because of Chalara dieback

Rob McBride - who calls himself the Tree Hunter - has been recording the county's trees.

And he says the news is very grim.

"Not wanting to get too depressing, people are saying it could be worse than Dutch Elm Disease which I can just remember as a child and was pretty devastating to the countryside so it's very bad news."

– Rob McBride

Near Leicester 500 ash trees planted just over a year ago are to be destroyed because of Chalara dieback and today a spokesman at Bernhards nursery at Rugby told us that one sapling out of 100 tested by officials had been recorded as positive.

From the latest map issued by the Forestry Commission, it's not looking good for the Midlands.

With cases in Shropshire, Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, the region is surrounded.

Things are far worse when you look to the East.

And this map does not include a total of 16 British nurseries where the disease has been found.

Forestry Commission map: It's not looking good for the Midlands

The disease is thought to have come from abroad.

In North Lincolnshire the Government is being threatened with legal action for failing to block imports.

A grower who is having to destroy thousands of trees after the fungal disease was found says he warned the Government.

Now people are dreading the possibility that it could hit trees like these in Shropshire and surrounding areas.

"Ash is certainly a major part of The Marches area, The England and Wales border. Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire. We have thousands of trees."

The fear is thousands will die.