If you cast your mind back to 2012, you may remember ash dieback disease, which was identified as an unprecedented threat to the nation's ash trees.
Ash dieback disease - or chalara fraxinea - is a fungus which causes leaf loss and crown dieback in ash trees. Since the discovery of infected trees in South East England in 2012, cases have been identified across the country.
Forestry Commission has taken the lead in the fight against chalara. It is currently monitoring the progress of the disease in the UK, and is also conducting trials to identify whether certain ash trees could be resistant to chalara. The organisation has also produced an interactive map, which displays the location of known infection areas in the UK.
At the time of writing (18/11/2014), no evidence of the disease has been found in The Mersey Forest area, which covers Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St.Helens, and Warrington.
We'll continue to keep you updated as to the status of ash dieback in Merseyside and North Cheshire. Interested parties, such as landowners with ash trees in their woodlands, can attend the North West Forest Forum event on 10 December for further information. Additional information can be found on the Forestry Commission website.