The native ash is commonly found in the countryside as well as in many gardens, and is one of the top native trees along with oak, lime, willow, alder, birch, and hawthorn.
To date, no cases of Chalara fraxinea - dieback of ash disease - have been reported in West Lancashire.
A national strategy is being developed by the Forestry Commission to create a common framework to deal with potential outbreaks. There are a number of other disorders of ash trees and therefore it is important that these are not mistaken for ash dieback disease. Please visit the Forestry Commission (external link) website for more information
Reporting suspected cases
If you think you have spotted diseased ash trees, please check the symptoms at the Forestry Commission (external link) website.
We will update all details regarding ash dieback as soon as any further information becomes available.