Over the coming weeks the Government will work with scientific experts and other interested groups to further develop and implement the measures in the plan, and to set a longer term approach to tackling Chalara. COBR agreed that this approach will also consider:

• Designating protected zones, to free up trade in ash from areas free of the disease through authorising businesses to issue “plant passports”.

• Establishing a tree health early warning network to provide advice, screening and initial diagnostics.

• Developing advice on protecting saplings and responding rapidly if the disease is found.

• Developing advice on sustainable management of mature trees on sites affected by Chalara.

• What additional equipment is needed to diagnose tree disease.

• Improved biosecurity including import controls.

• More public engagement in helping diagnose and tackle disease through “citizen science” including an OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) citizen science project.