Jon Stokes, director of programmes at The Tree Council, says that although there have been no recorded cases of the tree disease in the area, people need to be vigilant and report any potential signs of the disease in ash trees.

He said there is no evidence of tree death to date in trees aged over 40.

He added that trees planted in the past three or four years are at greater risk.

Mr Stokes said: ‘We have got to be measured about this.

‘People may fear that all their ash trees are affected and start felling them but there is no need. It’s important to check trees that have been planted over the last three or four years.’