The fungus infects 60 to 90 per cent of the trees in its path, causing leaf loss, bark lesions and crown dieback. Young ash trees are killed very rapidly by the disease. Older trees often resist the disease for longer periods but succumb with prolonged exposure.

PERSHORE’S MP Harriett Baldwin has joined two conservation charities in their calls for the public to help prevent the spread of a serious tree disease.

The West Worcestershire MP has asked people to look out for signs of fungus on Ash trees and send mobile phone snaps to the Forestry Commission.

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