TREES are to be felled at two sites in Haddington after ash dieback disease was detected.

Already this week, East Lothian Council's forestry team has been working near the Aubigny Sports Centre on the town's Mill Wynd.

Next week, further work is planned on the Longniddry to Haddington Railway Walk.

Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) is a fungal disease affecting ash trees.

It causes leaf loss and canopy decline and, in some cases, causes the trees to die.

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A spokesperson for East Lothian Council confirmed five trees near the all-weather pitch were to come down while another five near the squash courts were also to be removed.

Work on the site was due to be complete today (Wednesday) but is now likely to be finished by the end of the week due to challenging weather conditions.

The disease has been found across the UK, including in East Lothian.

Previously, it was detected in trees in Gullane, Haddington, Musselburgh and Tranent.

The council spokesperson confirmed work near Gateside, in the west of the town, is due to start on Monday (September 25).

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They told the Courier a further assessment would be carried out on site and it was not yet known how many trees would need to be removed.

They added: "In the interests of safety we may be required to close this section of path whilst the works are carried out.

"Signs will be put in place to warn of any closure."

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