The National Trust has confirmed that the first case of ash dieback Chalara fraxinea has been found in new plantings on a four hectare site of its land in the Borrowdale area of Cumbria.

Ian Wright, plant health specialist at the National Trust, said: “Unfortunately ash dieback has now been found at Watendlath in the NorthLakes.

“This is the first of several sites where suspected cases have been found on Trust land over the past couple of weeks, with the others mainly in the east and south-east of the country.