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Tree Health Week

Author:  Arboricultural Association
  29/09/2020
Last Updated:  16/10/2020
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5th – 11th October 2020

International Year of Plant Health 2020

The number of pests and pathogens threatening the health of our trees has steadily increased over the past fifty years. In the United Kingdom tree planting is higher on the agenda than ever before and our understanding of tree health is critical.

The first ever tree health week aims to raise awareness of the threats our trees face and provide knowledge on some of the key threats, present and future, and how you can spot them.

1970 – 2020 Tree Pests and Diseases Discovered

Tree Health Week is headlined by a series of live daily webinars featuring top international speakers. There is also a wealth of related resources for you to use and share.

Free, live webinars every day!

Tree Health Week Speakers
Tree Health Week – Session 1

Session 1

Aired on Monday 5 October

With Lynne Boddy, Chris Wright and David Humphries

Tree Health Week kicked off with a focus on trees and fungi. Lynne Boddy discussed the complex relationships between fungi and trees, followed by Chris Wright and David Humphries, who delivered a presentation related to their upcoming publication 'Fungi on Trees: A photographic reference.'

Watch Now

Pre-order your fungi book

Tree Health Week – Session 2
An Arboricultural Association Member Benefit

Session 2

Aired on Tuesday 6 October

With Katherine O’Donnell and Mike Raupp

You can watch this video now as a member benefit. Simply log in to your membership area and click on the Tree Health week section.

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Tree Health Week – Session 3
An Arboricultural Association Member Benefit

Session 3

Aired on Wednesday 7 October

AQT Tree health special

With Lucio Montecchio, Alice Muchugi and Vaibhav Raje

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Tree Health Week – Session 4
An Arboricultural Association Member Benefit

Session 4

Aired on Thursday 8 October

With Nicola Spence and Dr Glynn Percival

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Tree Health Week – Session 5

Session 5

Aired on Friday 9 October

With Ana Pérez-Sierra, Greg Packman and Joan Webber

Watch Now

Tree Health Week resources

Pests and Pathogens Poster

Interactive version


Reporting tree pests and diseases

TreeAlert

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If you have spotted signs of dangerous tree pests and diseases, then you can submit a report using the Forestry Commission TreeAlert tool.

How to Report


Observatree

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Observatree uses citizen science to help spot new pest and disease threats to UK trees. Check out their excellent resources and get involved.

Find Out More


Biosecurity

Forestry Commission Biosecurity

Keep it clean

Keep it clean

People working in the arboriculture, forestry and landscaping industries are considered a particularly high-risk group for their potential to spread tree pests and diseases.

Pests and Disease resources

Biosecurity eLearning

Biosecurity resources


Biosecurity for Arborists

(Arboricultural Association Guidance Note)

Best practice guidance for Arborists working in any role in arboriculture and environmental sectors.


UK Plant Health Information Portal

An online hub for plant health information, data and resources

View portal

Specific pest and disease resources

Ash Dieback Guidance for tree owners, managers, contractors and consultants

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Ash Dieback: A Guide for Tree Owners

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London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) Guides

Canker Stain of Plane

OPM

Massaria Disease of Plane

Find Out More

Promoting Tree Health Week

If you wish to help promote Tree Health Week and raise awareness, please download one of the packs below and use to promote on your social media platform or website.