In 1967 Dutch Elm Disease came to the UK. It is estimated that we have lost somewhere between 25 and 30 million Elm trees and the disease is still spreading. Once England was forested with Elm.
In 2012 Ash Dieback came to the UK. It is estimated that Denmark may have already lost 90% of it’s Ash Trees. The disease was first seen in Poland in 1992, it reached Denmark in 2003 and was only identified as a new organism in 2011. It is coming like a hurricane.
Experts say that Ash Dieback could be every bit as devastating as Dutch Elm Disease. The National Trust have described the spread of the disease as “Horrific”
Go out and hug a tree, you will miss them when they have gone.