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Following significant outbreaks of tree diseases including Dothistroma disease of pine (Red Band Needle Blight), Ramorum disease of Larch (Phytophthora), Acute Oak Decline, and Chalara disease of ash, the Forestry Commission has issued biosecurity guidelines to support its Tree Health Strategy. Those working in woodlands can help reduce the inadvertent spread of these and other pests and diseases by practicing biosecurity at all times. Please let us know if you observe any potential symptoms of disease or insect pests whilst visiting our woodlands.

Biosecurity policy and practice is covered fully on our web site at

A guidance leaflet for the forestry sector is available at:$file/FCMS028-guidance.pdf

In summary we have two biosecurity risk levels – High Risk where a controlled pest or disease is known to be present and Low Risk for everywhere else. There are no Zero Risk areas.  We ask anyone inspecting any parcel offered for sale by the Forestry Commission to please make themselves familiar with our biosecurity guidelines and observe them. In summary:

Low Risk

  • Avoid driving into the woodland at all if possible. Otherwise please keep road vehicles on metalled, drained roads and knock or brush off any deposits of mud and organic debris around the wheels or bodywork before leaving any woodland.
  • Please brush or knock off soil and organic debris on footwear, tools and equipment before getting back into a vehicle or leaving the woodland.

High Risk

  • We will make it clear if a parcel has a High Biosecurity Risk when we offer it for sale.
  • You must not visit this site without contacting us first. You will then need to abide by the additional control measures that we will stipulate.
Last updated: 22nd August 2016