“We welcome the Government’s initial plans to deal with the immediate consequences of ash dieback and are reassured that our voice was heard at the Emergency Summit.

We support Defra’s response advising that no mature ash trees should currently be felled. This underlines widespread concerns that rapid and ill-considered action in our mature and ancient woods could do more harm than good. We do not want to remove small populations of resistant ash that may hold the key to the survival of the species

1. We have a joint £2m project with the National Trust, Forest Research and the Food and Environment Research Agency bringing scientists and the public together to monitor and protect the UK’s trees and woods. The project is ready to go.

2. We will begin long-term investment in UK nurseries to ensure every tree we plant is UK-sourced and grown, removing all risk of importing further disease.

3. We will host a major conference to discuss knowledge, issues and impact of ash disease and wider tree health risks on conservation.