CLA delighted at Government recognition of action on ash

24 October 2013

The CLA today (9 November) welcomed steps announced by the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to help address the ash tree disease crisis.

The Association was praised by Mr Paterson in a Written Ministerial Statement for "mobilising" its members to provide information on the spread of the disease, which has now reached 129 confirmed sites.

CLA President Harry Cotterell said: "We are delighted Mr Paterson has recognised the contribution of CLA members in investigating the extent of the outbreak. He has taken on board everything the CLA has suggested to help tackle this terrible tree disease.

"I attended the Tree Health Summit this week and I am impressed by the Government's commitment to improving the ways in which we deal in future with the threat of tree pests and diseases."

Mr Cotterell added: "Private foresters have a great deal of expertise and are keen to support the Government's strategy so we look forward to receiving further details on Mr Paterson's 'radical proposals' to protect our woodlands."

Read details of Defra's plan of action on ash tree disease