The Scottish Government has agreed an interim control plan to tackle Chalara over the next few months, before the infectious stage of the disease becomes active.
To help take forward the control plan in Scotland, a new Tree Health Advisory Group is to be formed.
Specific Scottish actions for the Tree Health Advisory Group include:
· Exploring a more targeted approach to the management of infected trees;
· Developing a plant health network of trained people who can support official surveillance and detection including identification of resistant mature ash trees; and,
· Working with the nursery sector in Scotland to develop long-term resilience to the impacts of Chalara and other plant health threats.
A major Scottish stakeholder summit on tree health is planned for March 2013 to bring organisations up to date with the latest developments and scientific thinking on Chalara and other tree diseases.
There are currently (as of December 5th) 26 confirmed cases of Chalara in Scotland out of 291 across the UK.
To view the interim control plan and find out more information on Chalara, see www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara.