There are fears that our ash trees may become the victims of a Continental virus called chalara fraxinea. The ash is a tree in their millions across the UK, and all parts of the country would be affected. They make wonderful trees, but also make everything from walking sticks to cricket stumps. I urge you to watch for infection in your ash trees and inform the forestry commission if you see decay. I strongly suspect there is going to be a ban on all imports and a tree break to prevent the spread of the isolated outbreaks in the south and parts of county durham.