Ash tree disease!
When we chose this house 18 months ago a primary attraction was the garden with two mature ash trees at the eastern end. They have been a source of delight ever since we moved in, attracting so many birds, bats and insects, and making dancing shadows on our lawn in the sunlight.
We're so sad about the likely devastation of so many ash trees in the UK - I grew up in a village and on a farm both named after the ash, and it's always been special to me. One of my favourite pieces of music is the traditional song, The Ash Grove, and my favourite haunt as a child was in a little piece of ash woodland, watching the baby owls in the branches above me, and listening to the birds.
Living in Norfolk, apparently the disease has been identified quite close to here and although I try to be optimistic in most things, having been though the devastation of Dutch Elm Disease, I fear the worst.
There appears to be nothing we can do but worry and wait for the spring and summer, and ponder on what to replant with if the worst happens
Is anyone else here in the same boat?