A DEADLY disease that has hit trees across the country has been found in Essex.

Ash die back, which has led to the destruction of 10,000 trees across the country, has been found in Colchester.

Jeremy Dagley, a tree expert for the City of London Corporation, which owns Epping Forest, said last week that there would be little the group could do to stop the fungus spreading if it came to the district.

Anyone who believes they have spotted the disease should call the Food and Environment Research Agency on 01904 465625 or email planthealth.info@fera.gsi.gov.uk or the Forestry Commission on 0131 314 6414 or plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

Signs of ash dieback disease:
• Wilting and black or brown discolouration of leaves
• Small spots or legions on bark
• Trees with withered tops and shoots
• Anyone who spots symptoms should contact the Forestry Commission Plant Health Service on 0131 314 6414 or plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or the City of London Corporation on 020 7606 3030.