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Free practical tree health workshops at the Three Counties Show, 14 June
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Tree health workshops at Three Counties Show, 14 June

Date Issued: 26 April 2013


Free practical workshops on tree health are being held at the Three Counties Show thanks to a link-up between the RFS, the Country Landowners Association (CLA), the NFU and FC England. The two-hour workshops for landowners and woodland managers on Friday 14 June will particularly focus on Chalara (ash dieback) to increase understanding of practical responses to this disease.

The workshops will be introduced by Simon Lloyd, RFS Development Director. Simon West, FC's Partnerships and Expertise Manager for the North West and Midlands will give an overview of plant health policy, followed by an update from FC England plant health experts on spread, control and measures to increase resilience. FC Woodland Officers from the West Midlands will brief participants on the local situation in the Three Counties area.

Andrew Woods of Abbey Forestry and chair of the RFS Management Committee will then lead a visit to Langdale Wood adjacent to the showground to look at ash regeneration and discuss practical responses to ash dieback.

Simon Lloyd said: “As the year progresses we expect the identified incidents of Chalara to rise, partly because of increased awareness as the tree leaves come out, but also as a result of the spread of these disease. This will be a concern for all tree owners – from the small woodland owner, to farmers and those with large estates. These workshops will offer practical advice and are an opportunity to discuss the issues with the experts and fellow woodland owners.”

Session one will begin at 10am in the Perry Suite at the Pavilion on the Three Counties Centre and session two is at 2pm at the Abbey Forestry Stand. Numbers are  limited. To register please email call 01295 678 588. Full details are on the RFS website. Please note: attendees will need a valid ticket to the Three Counties Show.