Zac Goldsmith MP, in collaboration with the Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT), has tabled an Early Day Motion [1] calling on the Government to set up a ‘Tree Protection Task Force’ which has an enhanced capacity for taking rapid action against pests and diseases that have already breached our borders and the resources for developing long-term strategies to build greater resilience in our trees, woodlands and forests against future challenges [2].

As CRT’s report shows, both the rate and range of pests and diseases are increasing. The ‘4 Ts’ of Trade, Transport, Travel and Tourism are their routes in – with imported trees and shrubs for the horticultural trade being the main ‘Trojan Horse’[7].