Environmental charities and experts will now be involved in deciding how to combat the oak processionary moth which has been found in Pangbourne.
Reading West Labour candidate Victoria Groulef has welcomed news that experts from other bodies will be sitting on the panel looking into the best way to eradicate the moth.
Ms Groulef raised concerns last year when woodland in the Pangbourne area was sprayed with pesticide from the air in a bid to combat the destructive caterpillar-stage of the moth.
She said: “Back in November I called on the Forestry Commission to consider the research and views of environmental charities and experts.
“I suggested that the way forward was to invite experts to sit on the OPM panel making recommendations on the best way to eradicate OPM. It is a welcome step forward to see some of those experts sitting on the panel and I hope their recommendations will lead to the best way forward this spring.”
For the past two years woodland near Pangbourne has been sprayed aerially from helicopters to eradicate the non-native OPM. A copse which has special scientific interest status due to its rare butterfly and moth population was also sprayed.
The Forestry Commission has come under criticism from environmental experts and charities who have said the pesticide used had a damaging impact on the local environment.
Several leading conservation charities have claimed that spot spraying rather than aerial spraying would be just as effective at eradicating OPM but would be less damaging to the wider environment.
Over the past two years Ms Groulef has been calling for greater transparency on how OPM is tackled as well as calling for greater public consultation and information.
A Forestry Commission spokesman said: “This move reflects our commitment to undertaking the oak processionary moth programme in a balanced and proportionate manner. During dialogue with Butterfly Conservation it was agreed that their inclusion in the advisory group would be helpful and we are grateful for their agreement to take up this role.”