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    • Tighter restrictions on oak tree imports to come into force

      Strengthened measures on the import of most species of oak into England are to be introduced to protect native trees from the threat of the tree pest Oak Processionary Moth (OPM).  The bolstered measures will only permit imports of certain oak trees, including: those from OPM free countriesthose from designated…

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    • LCGD

      LCGD celebrates by planting trees with the NHS Forest

      The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) has committed to plant trees to celebrate every student that graduates from one of their diploma courses in the future.  As students prepare for graduation this week LCGD will be donating a tree for each of their 50 students who are graduating from the Garden…

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    • One of Brighton’s oldest elm trees to be felled to save its ‘twin’

      One of two 400-year-old English elms, believed to be the oldest in the world, is to be felled after becoming infected with elm disease, according to Brighton and Hove news. It’s thought that one of the Preston Park Twins, at the north end of Preston Park, became infected late last…

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    • Boningale ceases importation of oak trees

      Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) outbreaks in the UK pose a serious threat to our oak trees. Boningale are ceasing importation of oak trees effective immediately, and will only be sourcing UK oak stock. OPM is already established in greater London and some surrounding areas. Defra have noted that the UK…

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    • Oak Processionary Moth found on trees imported from the Netherlands

      Landscapers, nurseries, landowners and woodland managers are being urged to take action after the Plant Health Service intercepted a number of cases of Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars (OPM) on trees imported from the Netherlands. Anyone who has planted larger oaks (defined below) imported from the Netherlands and continent should urgently…

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    • Festivalgoers urged to help rewild the Highlands

      Music lovers attending this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival are being encouraged to help rewild the Scottish Highlands by having their own trees planted by conservation charity Trees for Life. With growing concerns about the threats of climate change and loss of nature, the organisers of ‘Bella’ 2019 are calling…

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    • Forestry on parade as career for Military leavers

      An intensive eight-week course developed as part of an innovative partnership between the Forestry Commission, Plumpton College in Sussex and the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has been given official approval for those transitioning out of the military. The course, leading to the RFS Cert Arb/Forestry, is the first land-based skills…

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    • Confor

      Confor urges industry to look ahead as Scottish targets are smashed

      More than 10,000 hectares of new woodland have been planted in Scotland for the first time in almost 20 years. Confor has welcomed the figures – 11,200 hectares of new planting, up from 7,100 the previous year – and called on the forestry industry to maintain the momentum and drive…

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    • Tree Champion reappointed to continue tree planting push

      The Government’s Tree Champion Sir William Worsley has been reappointed to continue his drive to accelerate tree planting rates.  The chair of the National Forest Company was tasked last year with setting a bold direction for the country’s forests and woodlands over the next 25 years. Now Sir William is…

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    • Disease-tolerant trees to be planted in UK’s ash tree archive

      Ash trees demonstrating tolerance to the highly destructive tree disease ash dieback will be planted in the UK’s first ‘ash tree archive’. This was announced by Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank on Thursday 6 June as he launched the Government’s new Ash Research…

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    • 571 plant species have disappeared in the last 250 years

      For the first time ever, scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Stockholm University, have compiled a global analysis of all plant extinction records documented from across the world. This unique data-set brings together data from fieldwork, literature and herbarium specimens, to show how many plant species have gone extinct in the…

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    • Ash tree

      Woodland Trust responds to Government’s Ash Research Strategy

      The Woodland Trust has welcomed the Government’s Ash Research Strategy announced 6 June 2019 to tackle the many threats facing the UK’s ash trees. Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner launched the strategy, designed to merge evidence on threats to the UK’s population of ash trees. It will also identify future research…

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    • RHS calls on volunteers to spot spittlebugs

      The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on gardeners, nature lovers and citizen scientists to help the UK respond to the threat of Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that results in the disease and death of many popular garden plants.  The charity, working with the University of Sussex and Forest Research, needs thousands…

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    • Still no cure for Xylella, says EFSA

      The European Food and Safety Authority has updated its assessment of the risks posed by Xylella fastidiosa to plants and crops in the European Union. The new assessment provides new insights and conclusions on controlling existing outbreaks of this pest and preventing further spread in the EU. EFSA’s Plant Health…

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    • Atlantic Woodland Alliance

      Atlantic Woodland Alliance to save Scotland’s rainforest

      Some of Scotland’s largest nature conservation organisations are coming together in a bid to save the country’s dwindling rainforests – found on the west coast from Wester Ross down to Argyll. Members of the Atlantic Woodland Alliance have gathered at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh for the launch of a…

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