Part of our mission is to protect trees, woodlands and forests from damaging influences and we work with partners across Great Britain to control the threat from plant pests and diseases.
With the recent increase in findings of new pests and diseases, Britain's trees are facing unprecedented threats - see the links below for information on pests and pathogens and the work of our Plant Health Service.
- Go to the Forestry Commission GB pests and diseases website for information about the main insect pests and pathogens currently threatening Britain’s trees
- Go to the Forestry Commission’s Plant Health Service website for information about the service's work and advice.
- Go to the Forest Research website to find out more about the research services that inform and support forestry
LATEST INFORMATION: Chalara dieback of ash
Chalara dieback of ash is an aggressive fungal disease of ash trees which causes crown death and wilting and dieback of branches.
It has been identified at a number of sites in Britain during 2012 and extensive surveys are underway to establish the extent of the outbreak.
For more information on Chalara
- Go to the Forestry Commission Wales Chalara web page for briefings issued to the Welsh forestry sector and our press releases
- Go to the Forestry Commission GB website for more information about the disease, including a guide to symptoms, FAQs and a video to help identify infected trees
Reporting suspected cases of Chalara
If you think you have spotted the disease, please check the symptoms video and pictorial guide on the Forestry Commission GB website before reporting it to the Chalara helpline: 08458 33 55 77 (open 8am - 6pm every day) or email firstname.lastname@example.org