Reporting tree diseases & pests in the UK

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Tree surgeons have the responsibility to report any suspected pest or disease to the appropriate body, both for trees and plants.

When trees are affected by a disease or pest, the Forestry Commission (www.forestry.gov.uk) should be notified.

When plants are affected, the appropriate bodies are:

To report a disease on a tree, the Forestry Commission has set up a Tree Alert page where you can fill a form if you think you have spotted a disease or pest on trees.

Notifiable tree diseases include:

  • Ash dieback
  • Acute oak decline
  • Chestnut blight
  • Dutch elm disease

Notifiable tree pests include:

  • Asian longhorn beetle
  • Great spruce bark beetle
  • Oak pinhole borer
  • Oak processionary moth

You can find more details on tree diseases and tree pests on the Forestry Commission website.

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