#Ashtreeaction: Chalara and Tree Health Summit

Businesses, charities and other organisations that care for our woodlands and forests joined Environment Secretary Owen Paterson at a tree health summit to generate ideas on how to tackle pests and diseases attacking the country’s trees, including ash dieback.


  1. Our Chief Scientist, Ian Boyd, tweeted about the summit.
  2. Before the summit started, we spoke to Hilary Allison from the Woodland Trust and asked her what she sees as the immediate priorities for tackling Chalara. Listen to what she said:
  3. Owen Paterson then kicked off the event.
  4. Attendees tweeted live updates.
  5. Owen Paterson thanked all the organisations and individuals who helped carry out the huge survey operation.
  6. He also stressed that the government were open to all ideas and suggestions on how to manage Chalara and tree health.
  7. Then our Chief Scientist, Ian Boyd, took the stand.
  8. The key scientific facts can be found on the Forestry Commission website:
  9. Next up was Martin Ward, Chief Plant Health Officer, FERA.
  10. He announced that ash disease had been found in six further counties.
  11. Some attendees asked the panel questions.