The threat to our forests and woodlands has never been greater. Increased global trade and the movement of goods between countries means an increased risk of spreading pests and diseases, which may travel hidden in plant products, packaging and shipping crates. Trees and plants in Britain are now vulnerable to a range of new pests and diseases, and outbreaks can seriously threaten sustainable forest management. In addition to economic losses for forestry and related industries, outbreaks can disrupt other sectors such as tourism’.
These sobering words are from the Forestry Commission who are taking the protection of Britain’s woodland and its associated economy very seriously indeed.
Here in the Surrey Hills, the spread of non-native woodland pests and diseases is unthinkable. The loss of our old trees & woodlands would change the character of this grand landscape for many decades, if not longer.
Therefore, if you own a woodland or are a contractor, or even a frequent visitor to many woodland sites, I encourage you to read through the Forestry Commissions Biosecurity leaflet.
It offers sound, practical advice on how to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful organisms into our woodlands.