Concern has grown over chalara fraxinea - known as ash dieback - after more cases of the fungal disease were found around Britain.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed yesterday (November 5th) that the growth has now been found in Kent and Essex.
Today (November 6th) has brought confirmation of the first case spotted in Shropshire, the Shropshire Star reports.
Ash dieback is deadly to ash trees and could decimate Britain's population of the trees, something that has already happened in Denmark.
People who like to go walking
in areas of woodland with plenty of ash may wish to be vigilant for any signs of the disease.
Last week, Defra published a statement refuting claims made in the Daily Telegraph that the public would be banned from woodlands in a bid to halt the spread of the disease.
It said there was little chance of human movements adding to the problem, although it advised people to disinfect their walking boots
and horse's hooves.