Tim Briercliffe, Director of Business Development at the Horticultural Trades Association, said there was no point in “chopping down” trees like the UK did during the Dutch Elm Disease crisis.

He pointed out most of Europe has no regulations on ash dieback because it is impossible to control.

Instead, he said the UK should gradually replace native ash trees with resistant varieties while working to prevent more diseases and taking plant health more seriously.

“If a mature tree gets ash dieback there no point in chopping it down. On the Continent they just live with it and live with the fact ash trees will die and just do not sell it or grow it.”