Get involved in the tree health survey this summer

Scientists are urging people across Britain to get outdoors and examine the health of the trees in their gardens, local parks or woodlands before the end of September.

The OPAL tree health survey, which launched in May, gives people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn more about our trees and help scientists protect them from pests and diseases including Ash Dieback.

The New Forest in Hampshire

But time is running out to take part in this survey, as it is best carried out when leaves are still on the trees and signs of pests and diseases are easier to spot.

You can still order OPAL’s free survey packs – including a full-colour tree ID poster – or download all the resources. After you take part, simply send OPAL the completed survey forms using the freepost address or enter your results online.

“We need as many people as possible to take part in the OPAL Tree Health Survey this summer and send in their results – whatever they find," said OPAL Director Dr Linda Davies. "Whether the tree appears to have a clean bill of health, or you’re the first person to spot a potentially harmful pest or disease, every survey really does count.”

The survey was developed by OPAL in partnership with Forest Research and Fera, and is taking place across England, Scotland and Wales.

The results will be analysed by experts at Forest Research and your data could even help to prevent our Most Unwanted, including the deadly Emerald Ash Borer, becoming established in this country.


New Forest photo: by Flickr user davidgsteadman, some rights reserved.