This project is led by Forest Research and is funded through the Future Proofing Plant Health programme. The research is exploring what policy options may incentivise or support land managers to act for tree health and increase the resilience of their woodlands and trees. Conducted as action research, the project is helping to develop and support an evolving co-design process to meet high level policy objectives linked with the Future Farming and Countryside Programme, and to achieving the objectives set out in Defra’s Tree Health Resilience Strategy.
The main objectives are to understand:
- what would incentivise owners and managers to treat or fell in response to pests and diseases, and to restock for diversity and resilience after a pest/disease outbreak,
- how the supply chain could better provide diverse and good quality material for resilient treescapes,
- how networks, advice and the provision of appropriate information could better support the actions of land managers in response to pests and diseases.
We also aim to contribute to the development of a user-focused policy design process and to assess the outcomes.