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Ash Dieback reaches Lake District

Ash dieback UK distribution map

Ash Dieback disease has been recorded for the first time in the Lake District National Park, according to survey data published recently by the Forestry Commission.

The disease was initially found in Buckinghamshire in February 2012, but has been discovered more widely across England, Scotland and Wales since then.

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Lichen spotting and tree maths with Fairview Primary School

By Anna Lavery and Gretta McCarron
OPAL Community Scientists, Northern Ireland

We were delighted to welcome Fairview Primary School to Queen's University in Belfast this month as part of the university’s ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Tree health hunt in the Howardian Hills

By Dr Charles Lane
Consultant plant pathologist, Food and Environment Research Agency, York

I recently took a great walk on a lovely sunny evening in the Howardian hills in North Yorkshire with fabulous views over Castle Howard estate, an area of dense mixed woodland with a predominance of Ash but also Horse Chestnut and Oak.

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Tell us your tree survey opinions for a chance to win

Did you take part in the OPAL tree health survey last year? We need your feedback!

We're opening a two-week public poll today to find out what you liked and didn’t like about our seventh national citizen science survey, launched in May 2013.

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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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What have your tree health survey results revealed?

Analysis of the early results you have sent in for the OPAL tree health survey has already revealed some interesting trends.

Although the results have not yet been verified, early indications are that most trees are pest and disease-free – but one particular species is more likely to be affected.

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Our scientists need you – one month left to take part in the tree health survey

There are just a few more weeks remaining to get involved in the OPAL tree health survey and help scientists to protect Britain's trees.

The survey is best carried out when leaves are still on the trees and signs of pests and diseases are easier to spot. So we need you to take part before the end of September and ensure you send us your results.

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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.

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