Final countdown for tree health survey

With September drawing to a close, time is running out to take part in the OPAL tree health survey.

The survey is best carried out when leaves are still on the trees and signs of pests and diseases are generally easier to spot.

Surveying woodlandIt is also a prime time to spot signs of the more common conditions that affect UK trees, such as Oak mildew and Horse Chestnut leaf-miner.

Our scientists need you to take part now and ensure you send us your results – whether you spot one of our Most Unwanted pests and diseases or the tree appears to have a clean bill of health.

“The more results we receive, the more scientists can learn about tree health and the spread of pests and diseases,” said OPAL director Dr Linda Davies. “If a tree appears healthy then please let us know because your results may provide us with valuable data about the overall condition of Britain’s trees in 2013 and allow us to track future changes.”

You can download everything you need for the survey from our website and join in today with your family, friends or classmates.