tree health

Get involved in the tree health survey this summer

Scientists are urging people across Britain to get outdoors and examine the health of the trees in their gardens, local parks or woodlands before the end of September.

The OPAL tree health survey, which launched in May, gives people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn more about our trees and help scientists protect them from pests and diseases including Ash Dieback.


Dara O Briain gets the lowdown on the OPAL tree health survey

It's not every day that your work gets a mention on a primetime BBC TV show. But last night, the OPAL tree health survey was among the projects covered on Dara O Briain's Science Club.

The programme focused on citizen science, looking at projects around the world harnessing the power of mass participation, such as Californians recording earthquake activity data on their laptops.


Survey up to 50 trees with new forms

New recording sheets will enable people to easily record data for large numbers of trees for the OPAL tree health survey.

The electronic version allows you to record tree health data for up to 50 trees using your laptop, tablet or other portable electronic device without needing access to a wifi connection or a mobile internet signal.


Minister calls on everyone to protect trees

Everyone has a role to play in the battle to protect trees and plants, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said today.

The Minister was speaking as he visited Chelsea Flower Show to see the ‘Stop the Spread’ garden, part-funded by Defra and the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) – a partner in the development of the OPAL tree health survey.

The garden contrasts a healthy natural environment with an avenue of lifeless trees to show what could happen if tree and plant diseases were left unchecked.


OPAL tree health survey opens

People across the UK are being encouraged to examine the trees where they live, work or go to school as our seventh survey on tree health opens today.

The survey, designed in collaboration with Forest Research and FERA, includes activities such as identifying tree species, measuring height and examining trees for signs of poor health.



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