The Living Ash Project partners comprise Future Trees Trust, Forest Research, Fera, and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.  The project is funded by Defra and runs until August 2024

Future Trees Trust

Future Trees Trust is a registered charity that uses the selective breeding of broadleaved trees to improve their growth rate, form and resilience to disease and climate change. By producing improved seed for a range of important species, they work to increase the timber quality and resilience of British woodlands.

For more information, visit or call Tim Rowland on 01453 884264

Forest Research

Forest Research is an agency of the Forestry Commission and is one of the world’s leading centres of research into woodlands and forestry. Since the arrival of ash dieback in the UK, they have provided detailed research into the characteristics and spread of this novel disease to inform policy development and assist foresters and woodland owners.

For more information, visit and their ash dieback pages


Fera Science is one of the UK’s leading agri-food science organisations. Working across food science, environmental safety and agri-tech, Fera has provided a wide portfolio of applied research and evidence services to UK government, industry and international customers.

For more information, visit

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world leading botanic garden with an international reputation for high quality research and best practice in plant science and horticulture. Its extensive research programme covers plant health, taxonomy and seed conservation.

For more information, visit


The Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the lead government department responsible for tree and plant health issues. It considers ash a priority species and is funding research efforts into reducing the impacts of ash dieback and emerald ash borer on native woodlands.

For more information, visit