The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has welcomed the ban on the import of ash trees but fears it may be too late to stop the ash dieback disease from spreading.
The disease is caused by the fungus chalara fraxinea. It results in leaf loss and crown dieback in the affected trees and has the potential to devastate the ash tree population.
Most of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s woodland nature reserves are noted as oak/ash woodlands with fine, mature examples of both species being found. A diverse range of insects and lichens are found on living ash trees.
A trust statement said: “The loss of ash trees in these woodlands, and in the wider countryside, will fundamentally change the character of our wodlands and landscape. With the autumn leaf fall, tracking the disease is going to be difficult.”