Forestry and Woodlands

CLA Forestry and Woodland Management Policy

More than 60 percent of woodland and forests in England and Wales are in private hands. They are largely broadleaved. We offer help and support for many of these owners, and for those considering planting new woods, as well as offering advice to members on tree health and woodland management. 

CLA urges tree owners in 48-hour hunt for cases of ash dieback

The CLA today (2 November) urged its members and all tree owners to get out into the woods this weekend to look for cases of Chalara fraxinea in ash trees before any more leaves fall.

The Association is working closely with the Forestry Commission to compile a spotter's guide to help woodland owners identify the symptoms of ash dieback and record the spread of the disease on a national database.

Pest Alert - Asian longhorn beetle found in Kent

An outbreak of Asian longhorn beetle has been found at a site in the Paddock Wood area of Maidstone in Kent. This new tree pest is a native of China, Korea and Japan, and poses a serious threat to a wide range of broadleaved trees. Members, particularly those near the site, are requested to remain alert and to report any suspicious sittings direct to Food and Environment Research Agency (fera) without delay.

Private foresters best detectors in fight against tree disease, says CLA

The CLA has said the private forestry sector is best placed to provide early detection of tree pests and diseases.

Attending a Tree Health Summit today (7 November),CLA President Harry Cotterell, who owns 350-acres of ash woodland in Herefordshire, said private foresters would be able to help support government action more effectively if  they were engaged earlier in the fight.

Tree disease update

The Welsh Government (WG) policy team sets the strategy for forestry including disease management. The regulator sits within Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and enforces WG policy and statutory responsibilities on both the public and the private estate.  The Knowledge, Strategy and Planning team, which lies within NRW, analyses the data, provides advice and forms the link between the policy team, the regulator and the NRW land managers.  The land managers implement the programme on the public estate on behalf of the owners, Welsh Government.