The first ash trees to be struck by die back disease have been discovered in Ipswich.

Two saplings suffering from chalara fraxinea were found in Bridge Wood during a regular inspection by the Borough Council’s parks and open spaces team. Staff immediately notified the Forestry Commission and will follow Government approved practice and destroy the affected saplings to prevent the disease from spreading.

Notices have been put up informing members of the public and the Council is continuing with a rapid survey of the ash tree population in the town.

The Council’s tree expert, Andy Whalley, said: “We have more than 600 individual specimens on our land and perhaps another 13,500 in woodland groups and these are the first diseased ash we have discovered.