Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) of trees have rapidly increase during the last 20 years due to modern socio-economic factors such as global timber trade and international travelling [1,2]. Currently, the most dominant EIDs affecting the European forests are the ash dieback , the Xylella Fastidiosa  and the acute oak decline (AOD) . AOD is a bacterial infection that can lead to tree mortality within 3–5 years  and has rapidly spread in the United Kingdom since its first outbreak in 2012 . Monitoring modern EIDs such as AOD requires new forestry approaches and modern detection schemes . To this effect, ground penetrating radar (GPR) has been suggested as a diagnostic tool against AOD . GPR is a non-destructive method that has the potential to detect tree-decay in a non-intrusive manner .