Interested in taking part in the Observatree tree health early warning project?

Posted on December 15, 2015 by

Would your group like to receive tree health training and learn more about Observatree tree health early warning project?

What is Observatree?

Observatree is a partnership project, funded by the EU’s Life+ Programme. It is led by Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission, with Fera, the National Trust and the Woodland Trust as partners.  Support for the project comes from APHA, Defra and Natural Resources Wales.

In recent years, Europe has seen a sharp rise in the number of invasive tree and plant pests and diseases. This may lead to large-scale environmental and economic damage.

Working together to create a early warning system 

Observatree is a UK tree health early warning system using citizen science:

– Encouraging surveillance and reporting – particularly by those knowledgeable about trees

– Trained volunteers are used to support tree health surveillance programs

It’s a partnership project where the different organisations have come together to tackle the problem and to share and develop best practice.

Our focus is on a core number of pests and diseases – monitoring their spread and assisting in spotting anything new at the earliest opportunity

The Forestry Commission’s ‘Tree Alert’ website is available to report any tree health concerns

By sharing insight and best practice we hope to better protect our trees and woods from the ever-increasing threats being posed.

The potential offer to community woodland groups 

Tree pest and disease training can be available, as well as the opportunity to hear more about the project, and share the best practice that is being developed.  There are four possible options:

  1. A short half hour overview presentation of the project given at an annual/regional/national meeting/conference
  2. A half day’s training giving an overview of Observatree together with information on tree health and biosecurity, and details of the main pest and diseases that are affecting the UK.
  3. A full day’s training workshop comprising a half day’s presentation giving an overview of Observatree together with information on tree health and biosecurity, and details of the main pest and diseases that are affecting the UK. This would be followed in the afternoon by a guided walk through a woodland/arboretum to highlight the signs/symptoms of these diseases and look-a-likes that may be present.
  4.  Train the trainer sessions: Observatree trainers train knowledgeable individuals in your organisation, to enable them to cascade tree health training to their own members.  It would be necessary for the candidates to have a good understanding of trees and their health issues.

Contact Observatree if interested 

At this point Observatree are trying to gauge the level of interest for this training.

If you would like any further information please contact Simon Conyers Simon.Conyers@fera.co.uk

 

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