Ash Dieback Disease

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th May 2019.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support his Department provides to local authorities to help safely dispose of trees felled as a result of Ash dieback disease.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Under the Occupiers Liability Act, individual landowners are responsible for the care and management of trees on their land. We encourage all landowners to think strategically about the management of their ash trees, and use the recently published Forestry Commission guidance and the Tree Council’s ash dieback toolkit, to adopt best practice and help reduce the impact of this disease on our landscape.

Onward spread of ash dieback via wood/timber is considered to be a low risk, so ash wood may be moved without restriction within Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), to help landowners recover some of the value from the timber.

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