tree diseases

Students study Scarborough tree health

By Dr Charles Lane
Consultant plant pathologist, Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), York

Earlier this month I was joined by entomology colleagues from Fera, Neil Audsley and Howard Bell, to train a group of undergraduate students from Leeds University as part of their week-long field studies course at Scarborough with Prof Elwyn Isaac.


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.


Most Unwanted: pests and diseases


These are six pests and diseases that could have a very serious impact on our trees.

You are unlikely to find most of them during your OPAL survey, as they are not widespread or not yet present in the UK. But if you do find them, it is important that you take the right action immediately.

If you think you have spotted one of the Most Unwanted, it is essential that you alert Forestry Commission officials through:


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