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Keep your eyes peeled for tree pests and diseases

It’s a prime time of year to start spotting pests and diseases that can affect the health of trees with the help of the OPAL tree health survey.

The survey, which is taking place across the UK for a second year, asks the public to report their findings – good or bad – and keep their eyes peeled for the ‘Most Unwanted’, six pests and diseases which could pose a serious threat to our trees.

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Tree health survey scoops Government award

The OPAL tree health survey has been recognised at Defra’s annual Team Awards, winning the department’s Civil Service Reform Award.

The survey was developed last year by OPAL partners working with the Government agencies Fera (the Food and Environment Research Agency) and Forest Research.

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Defra announces plans to protect forests

The creation of a new public body to safeguard public forests and a greater focus on tree health research are among Government plans to protect woodland published today.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) also encouraged the public to get involved in OPAL’s upcoming survey on tree health.

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