INFECTED ash trees along a footpath in Haddington are being felled today (Wednesday).

Ash dieback has become increasingly visible across Scotland, including in East Lothian, since 2020.

The impact of the disease has escalated rapidly and current evidence suggests that at least 50-75 per cent of Scotland’s approximately 11 million mature ash trees may die over the next two decades.

East Lothian Council tweeted this morning: “Work to remove infected ash trees along a section of footpath that links Giffordgate to Gifford Road in Haddington is being carried out today.

“For this work to be carried out safely there will be temporary closures of the path for some periods of today.”

Similar work has been carried out near the Aubigny Sports Centre and the Haddington to Longniddry Railway Path in recent weeks.