Nov 04 2019

White lab coats, axes and beetles!

On Wednesday 30th October, I joined nine Observatree volunteers at Forest Research's Northern Research Station, south of Edinburgh, for a sharing and mentoring day.   Charlotte Armitage, who manages this volunteer role, set up the event with Hugh Clayden from Scottish Forestry, April Armstrong and Katy Dainton...

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May 29 2018

Trust welcomes new DEFRA strategy…

Proposals to consult industry on new quarantine arrangements for high-risk plants are among the measures set out in the Government’s plan to protect the UK’s precious trees.    Currently quarantine is used by some horticulture businesses as part of strong biosecurity measures against high-risk species. We want to...

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Apr 03 2018

40,000 more trees available for health check

Observatree volunteers can now access English Heritage sites, meaning that 380 new locations can be surveyed for signs of tree pests and diseases.    The project launched in 2013, with the aim of training volunteers to identify pests and diseases that threatened the UK’s trees and woods. So...

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Pine cones on a conifer
Jan 17 2018

Think you know your conifers?

Conifers can be more difficult to identify than broadleaved trees, however they can still be affected by a number of our Observatree priority pests and diseases. We need to be able to identify the tree hosts to aid us in the detection and identification of diseases...

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Oak processionary moth caterpillars
Jan 16 2018

Oak processionary moth

Last year Woodland Trust staff met with The National Trust at Osterley Park. The purpose of the meeting was to begin looking at how we manage the risk of OPM (Oak processionary moth) collectively. Oak processionary moth (Thaumetopoea processionea, OPM) was first accidentally introduced to Britain...

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Volunteer inspecting a tree
Jan 16 2018

Have you spotted a tree pest or disease?

Observatree is about identifying when new tree pests and diseases arrive in the UK as early as possible and also spotting new outbreaks of those that are occasionally found here.  This enables a fast response and the greatest chances of eradicating or controlling the outbreak. ...

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Jan 15 2018

Tackling the increasing threat to tree health

Tackling the increasing threat to tree health The discovery of Chalara Dieback of Ash in 2012 raised Government and public awareness of threats to plant health from new pests and diseases. This resulted in the development of a Plant Biosecurity Strategy for Great Britain, highlighting activities to improve...

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