Date lodged: 23 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken in its role as a partner in the Action Oak Partnership.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 20 August 2018
The Scottish Government, through Forestry Commission Scotland, sits on the Steering Committee for the Action Oak Partnership. The initiative is a long-term drive to help protect the UK’s oaks for future generations to enjoy, which was officially launched at the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show by The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The Scottish Government and Forestry Commission Scotland provided support to the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency to launch the initiative, including a range of communication materials.
The Scottish Government’s involvement in the development of the Action Oak Partnership has helped ensure the recognition of Scotland’s internationally important Atlantic Oakwoods. It has also been actively involved in the promotion of Action Oak to stakeholders, and is planning to host an event at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh later this year.
More widely, tackling tree health threats remains a top priority for the Scottish Government, as evidenced by our enhanced funding since 2014. In 2017-18 we invested nearly £900K in tree health science, monitoring and statutory actions to enable swift and effective management of tree pests and diseases relevant to Scotland.