Of course after having witnessed the Dutch Elm disease catastrophe I checked the internet for similar.
This is from the Woodlands Trust:
"Ash dieback will kill around 80% of ash trees across the UK. At a cost of billions, the effects will be staggering. It will change the landscape forever and threaten many species which rely on ash."
-Think about that....Ash is one of our most common trees: It makes a inestimable contribution to our woodlands, hedgerows, brakes.
To lose eight percent of them would be a disaster, but from what I observed yesterday that is totally believable.
- As well as everything else it looks like we're also in the middle of yet another biological catastrophe.