Help scientists monitor and protect our trees and woodlands
Trees are vital – bringing nature into urban areas, supporting the rural economy, providing food and habitats for wildlife, and helping to combat climate change.
However, our trees are under threat. The number of pests and diseases attacking them has increased in the last few years.
The best time to complete this survey is between May and September.
How to take part
- Step 1 – Download and print the survey documents in English or in Welsh (ideally in colour).
- Step 2 – Find a site with safe access to one or more broadleaved trees and start surveying!
- Step 3 – Tell us what you find using our simple online form.
Enter your results online
Once you've completed the survey, simply submit your results:
Just want to submit a pest or disease sighting?
Follow the link below to report a pest or disease without entering full survey data. Please include a photo if you can.
Learn more about pests and diseases that can affect trees.
Problems entering your results online?
Send your results to:
OPAL, Centre for Environmental Policy,
Imperial College, South Kensington,
London SW7 2AZ.
- Tree Health Survey Booklet (PDF, 1.8MB)
Survey instructions and information about the most common UK tree species.
- Tree Identification Guide (PDF, 1.2MB)
Recording sheets and information on the pests and diseases to look out for.
- Tree Pest and Disease Identification Guide (PDF, 1.8MB)
Pests and diseases that could pose a serious threat to UK trees.
- Tree ID guide and poster (PDF, 2.4MB)
A guide for your wall to help you identify common UK tree species.
- Tree Health Survey recording sheet (PDF 177.91 KB)
Easy-to-print (black & white).
- Electronic record sheet for up to 50 trees (Excel, 52KB)
- Printable record sheet for up to 30 trees, Activity 1 (Excel, 42.5KB)
Record by hand.
- Printable record sheet for up to 30 trees, Activity 2 (Excel, 45KB)
Record by hand.
Download all the resources above in a single ZIP file:
- Complete OPAL Tree Health Survey pack (ZIP, 6.8MB)
Looking for the Welsh language survey pack?
- Visit the Tree Survey page in Welsh.
Group leaders and schools
Download our group leader support guide, example risk assessment, and our new recording sheets for schools.
Note: You may download these documents for use in the context of the OPAL project only. All other rights are reserved.
Did you know?
Knopper galls, which can form on acorns, are caused by a tiny wasp called Andricus quercuscalicis. It arrived in England in the 1950s and has now invaded most of the UK.
A good biosecurity routine can reduce the risk of spreading diseases and invasive species.
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To find out about the action being taken by UK governments and their agencies to protect our trees from pests and diseases, visit: