The plan was discussed at a stakeholders’ sumimit in Edinburgh on Wednesday. Once published within the next few weeks, the plan will inform decisions to tackle the spread of the disease in the summer, when Chalara ash-dieback becomes active again.

“Chalara is here to stay but we can put in train measures to lessen its impact and, in lower risk areas in the remoter north and west, we might also be able to delay the onset of infection by taking targeted action to remove diseased young trees before they start to have a significant, wider affect,” said Paul Wheelhouse Scottish enviroment and climate change minister.