Support our tree disease fighting fund
Remember Dutch elm disease? Ash dieback is here now and it’s going to be much worse.
Nineteen pests and diseases are attacking our native trees. Six have reached epidemic levels.
126 million trees in British woods are almost certain to succumb to ash dieback. Along with environmental partners the Sylva Foundation and FERA, we examined Defra-funded research into the likely long-term scenario of ash dieback. It indicated the total cost of this disease to the UK economy is likely to be £15 billion over 100 years. And almost half of this (£7 billion) will be over the next 10 years.
Another 47 known tree diseases could arrive in Britain which may cost an additional £1 billion.
Biosecurity has to improve to stop diseases like ash dieback entering the UK. We must make our landscapes more resilient.
We’ve been doing everything in our power to combat ash dieback and other diseases. A nationwide replanting scheme could reduce the overall cost by £2.5 billion, by ensuring the lost ecosystem is replaced.
You can help too by donating to our dedicated tree-disease fighting fund. You’ll be helping us to…
- Create new habitats for wildlife and increase the resilience of our woods
- Run our UK Sourced and Grown Programme which allows nurseries to document the provenance of saplings
- Continue the Observatree project, raising awareness of how to recognise and report diseased trees
- Invest in new hedgerows and dedicated Tree Disease Recovery packs to replace lost ash nationwide.