The Forestry Commission has said that public access to woodland areas and the walkers who tread them do not significantly risk spreading the disease. The fungus is believed to proliferate through rain splash, insects or through the movement of diseased plants or logs.

However, walking charity the Ramblers has advised that there are still steps walkers can take that might help hinder its spread.

They are asking woodland walkers to take follow information and advice on official signs, such as disinfecting boots.

The Ramblers have also called for people to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of the disease so they can report it to the Forestry Commission. A pictorial guide to the disease and its symptoms can be found on the Forestry Commission website.