National Trust Response to EFRA Committee Report

National Trust’s Natural Environment Director, Simon Pryor, responds to the EFRA Committee Report on Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity: “The response from the Government to ash dieback was too little, too late so we welcome the Efra committee’s recommendation that Defra must put in place the necessary resources to respond quickly to problems.

“We also support their call to increase the resilience of our woodlands and wider landscapes, and to provide ring fenced funding for long term research. Trees don’t have votes so cuts to Defra’s budgets are sometimes seen as easier for Government but the consequences can be devastating for our wildlife, landscapes and rural economy.

“We are pleased that Defra have now appointed a Chief Plant Health Officer and trust she will drive action to combat existing tree diseases and rebuild our expertise in tree health.”




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