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Help Shape Tree Health Policy

15 Feb 2021

Tree Health Policy meeting held in Somerset. Photo Sylva FoundationSylva Foundation

Tree Health Policy meeting held in Somerset. Photo Sylva Foundation

 

Help Shape Tree Health Policy 

If you manage trees in England, whether in an urban or rural setting and at any scale, from large woodlands through to individual trees, we want to hear your views on a range of potential tree health policies and interventions. This is a chance for you to help shape future support from government. 

The results of this survey, with other research outputs, will feed into the development of a Tree Health scheme, as part of the government’s Agricultural Transition Plan published on 30 November 2020. 

This survey builds on recent work exploring tree health issues with expert stakeholders across England. A team from Defra, Forest Research, Sylva Foundation, and the Countryside & Community Research Institute, held a series of workshops with landowners, managers and agents. This survey will test the ideas and principles developed in those workshops. 

The survey focuses on four ‘host’ tree species at grave risk of attack by pests or pathogens: ash, larch, spruce, and sweet chestnut. For each of the species, we want you to tell us what blend of regulation, financial support, and advice would deliver the best outcomes. In your response we encourage you to choose any combination of tree species that is relevant to you. 

The Tree Health Policy Survey launches on 15 February and will remain open for 2 weeks until 1 March. 

Please take part: http://resilient-treescapes-survey.sylva.org.uk  

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