Our recent survey of 2,000 people, led by Forest Research and OnePoll, looks at people's experiences of the countryside and green spaces in England. It explores their understanding of pests and diseases and ways to limit the spread.
It is not always possible to see tree pests and diseases and they spread easily in soil or organic material carried on footwear, clothing, and bike tyres. Some tree diseases need water to disperse, so the risk of these being spread increases when conditions are wet.
Discover the important work our Plant Health Forestry team carries out at the borders to prevent tree pests and diseases from entering the country.