Wood Wise: tree pests & diseases

Our latest issue of Wood Wise looks at tree pests and diseases, with case studies on Asian and citrus longhorn beetles, Chalara ash dieback, emerald ash borer, oak decline, oak processionary moth, oak wilt and Phytophthora ramorum. Some are already causing problems in the UK, while others are possible issues for the future.

Threats to the health of UK trees are increasing and each decade seems to bring a new pest or disease that our woods, foresters and scientists must try to combat. Chalara ash dieback is the latest in a long line that includes the devastating Dutch elm disease, which resulted in the death of over 25 million of the UK’s elm trees and still persists today. Many others are on the horizon, and we must be vigilant against them invading our shores.

Tomorrow, Thursday 27 June, the Woodland Trust is holding a specialist conference: Chalara, Other Threats & Resilient Woodland Landscapes. Bringing together a range of experts to discuss our understanding of the threats and what we can do for the future of our woods and trees.

To read current and past issues of Wood Wise follow this link. If you would like a pdf version or would like to be added to the subscription list please email your request to Conservation@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Kay Haw, Conservation Team


About Kay Haw

Assistant Conservation Adviser, Woodland Trust. Nature is my passion, especially woods and trees which are just amazing elements of life. One day (soon) I hope we humans learn to work in harmony with Mother Earth.
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8 Responses to Wood Wise: tree pests & diseases

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  3. Imogen Radford says:

    Essential that Forestry Commission properly funded to lead on tackling these problems

  4. Peter Thurman says:

    A pretty good list but, sadly, far from complete. For example, Pine Processonary Moth and Canker Stain of Plane are rapidly approaching from France

    • Kay Haw says:

      Peter there are many, many others out there. The idea was to get people thinking about what is here, what is already being done and what else is out there that we must prevent coming in. I am sure I could have spent the whole year writing case studies of pests and diseases and still not covered them all. A scary time for our woods and trees, but evidence we must act to protect them.

  5. These pests and diseases really are a threat to our whole landscape. I’m just reading Edward Thomas’ ‘In Pursuit of Spring’, first published 100 years ago, and he talks continually about the magnificent elms that were such a feature of the countrside and the rooks that nested in them. Now they are all but gone and we have lost something that was essentially a part of our British heritage. I’ve just had a look at Gerald Wilkinson’s ‘Epitaph for the Elm’, published in 1978, to remind myself of what we have lost. Hopefully our ash and other trees won’t go the same way and that remedies can be found to stop their demise.

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