Tree health is always a matter of public concern. The aim of the survey is to:
- Monitor and analyse trends in tree diseases, the presence of insect pests, and other damage affecting such trees across England
- Promote the awareness of tree health to tree managers and the general public through the dissemination of annual reports and regular information notes.
The concept behind this programme came from the Forest Condition Survey a pan-European annual survey of forest condition which has been carried out in the UK since 1987. Whilst the Forest Condition Survey concentrates on forest trees, this non-woodland tree survey focuses on 17 genera of amenity trees commonly found in urban and rural environments.
Funding and managing the survey
The survey was originally funded by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) - now the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) - as part of the sustainable communities' agenda.
Forest Research manages the survey - which uses volunteers from the public - and publishes the results.