Forestry Commission publishes new woodland biosecurity guidance


This week the Forestry Commission published guidance on a range of simple ‘biosecurity’ measures which will help protect Britain’s trees, woods and forests from damaging pests and diseases which pose a serious threat to our native woodland trees.

Following the devastating affects of Dutch elm disease the countryside is now dealing with Phytophthora ramorum, Phytophthora kernoviae, acute oak decline, bacterial bleeding canker, and conifer root rot, to name just a few. Pests such as the Asian Longhorn Beetle, the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner and the Oak Processionary Moth are also causing sever damage.

The guidance is available at www.forestry.gov.uk/pestsanddiseases and outlines simple actions we can all take against these and other threats to ensure we protect our precious national treescape.


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