A NUMBER of trees have been removed at two locations in Inverclyde as a result of them being infected with a serious disease.

Inverclyde Council has carried out work at Well Park in Greenock and Gourock's Divert Glen to cut down trees affected by Ash dieback.

The disease - which has already has a considerable impact across mainland Europe -  was first recorded in the UK in 2012.

Greenock Telegraph:

It can affect ash trees of all ages and causes them lesions to develop where branches meet the trunk.

The Woodland Trust anticipates that the UK will lose 'significant ash populations' as a result of the spread.