A spokesperson for East Staffordshire Borough Council said:

“East Staffordshire Borough Council would urge residents to be vigilant when out walking in the surrounding countryside and to make themselves aware of the symptoms of Chalara fraxinea which has been in the news recently for its destructive impact on the Ash tree population. Characteristic symptoms include diamond shaped lesions at the base of side shoots and a colour change of the stem.

“The Council operate a proactive inspection regime for trees on its sites and additional attention is being paid to any Ash. The Council are in contact with both the National Forest and other Councils across the country to help track the movement of any new reported out breaks. If in the event any symptoms are found please contact the Chalara helpline on 08459 33 55 77.

“Useful information as to recognising the symptoms can be seen at the forestry commission plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk website and also the tree council website info@treecouncil.org.uk.”

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