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Pests and diseases on your land

Managing infected trees and woodland on your land

We are working closely with partners including the Forestry Commission, Natural Resource Wales, the Department of Agriculture and Royal Development, and the Royal Forestry Society as part of a wider response to the threat of tree disease across the UK.

Ash dieback is currently the most aggressive disease and if you live in one of the most prominently affected areas, you can access information about how to manage ash dieback on your land by visiting the regional areas of the Forestry Commission website:

Mature trees

For mature trees, and in particular veteran and ancient trees, it is important to remember that, even if infected; these trees may take longer to succumb and will still continue to be vital habitats for a number of species. Every tree has its own ecosystem and will continue to provide significant benefits to its surrounding environment.

Reporting tree disease

If you think you have seen tree disease on your land or in your area and would like to find out what you need to report, please visit Tree Alert.

You can also find out information about Observatree – a partnership project funded by the EU’s Life programme. Led by Forest Research, the research agency of the of the Forestry Commission, we are partners along with Fera and the National Trust.

Protecting your land

Having a mix of alternative native broadleaf species on your land can help to protect it for the future. By creating an environment with greater genetics, species and diversity, you land is likely to be more resilient, meaning it is more capable of bouncing back from increased pressure and threats.

Whether you have already lost trees, woodland or hedgerows in the past, or simply want to plant more trees to help protect your land for the future, we can help. We are offering specially tailored Disease Recovery Packs to landowners in the hardest-hit counties, as well as alternative planting schemes at a reduced cost for those outside of these areas or who wish to plant more.