Owen Paterson said “everyone should be responsible” and make sure they wash their boots, dogs and even children to stop them from inadvertantly infecting other areas.

People are also expected to be asked not to sweep up leaves which have fallen from potentially infected ash trees to avoid disturbing the airborne spores. “The leaf litter has been identified as a fairly key way in which the disease can spread so its better just to not move leaves which have fallen off potentially infected trees.”