We want to bring scientists and the public together to monitor and protect the UK’s trees and woods. We have a project ready but can’t progress until summer 2013 as it’s dependant on EU funding, which may not even come good. We want the government to bypass the EU and fund it themselves.

It’s a £2million project. Together with the National Trust, Forestry Commission and the Food and Environment Research Agency, we’ve already committed £1million. Today, we’re asking the government to close the funding gap with an immediate investment of £1million.

We will begin long-term investment in UK nurseries to ensure every tree we use from now on is UK-sourced and grown, removing all risk of importing further disease. We will also work closely with community and voluntary tree nurseries to the same end.