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Ash trees © Debbie Cotton

Date Issued: 12 June 2013


The RFS is holding free events in July and August for members and non-members to learn how take part in the national OPAL Tree Health Survey, which has been set up to involve members of the public as well as woodland owners in helping to track diseases such as ash dieback. No experience or special equipment is needed!

All those who take part will be given survey kits to use in the future in their own surveys. Data from all OPAL surveys is being collated to develop a picture of the health of the UK’s trees.

The events are free, but numbers are limited and places must be booked.

Participants will:

  • Discover more about trees and how to assess their general health.
  • Learn to identify some of the pests and diseases that can affect Oak, Ash and Horse Chestnut.
  • Find out about six of the most unwanted pests and diseases that could threaten the future of our landscape, including Ash Dieback.

On 10 July the RFS Gloucestershire Division is holding an OPAL Tree Health event as part of its meeting at the Miserden Estate, Gloucestershire. Numbers are limited, with further details available from Divisional Secretary Ann Jones.

On 13 July the RFS is teaming up with the National Forest to hold an OPAL Tree Health Event at the RFS Battram Wood on the Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire borders.

On 29 August an OPAL Tree Health event will be held at RFS Hockeridge Wood, Bucks/Herts.