County Durham volunteers needed to help survey for tree disease

January 9, 2018

Durham’s woodlands are a precious resource currently threatened by a number of tree diseases.  Durham Woodland Revival, a new HLF supported project currently under development, aims to help restore and extend this key asset in our landscape.  It is currently looking for County Durham based volunteers to help survey the county’s woodlands.  This is vital work – please get in touch if you can spare time to help.

Tree Health Surveyors carry out surveys of woods and trees for the presence and absence of specific pests and diseases on common tree species.  In fact, recording negative sightings of disease (healthy host trees) is just as important as positive ones.  Surveyors are often asked to carry out targeted surveys for specific pests and diseases during new outbreaks and also have the option to set up their own sentinel tree plots to monitor the health of individual trees.  Volunteer training will take place in February 2018 at a central County Durham location.

A full day’s training, PPE, biosecurity kit, survey maps, Forestry Commission authorisations etc will be provided by the Woodland Trust, whose experts are delivering the course on behalf of the partnership.  Reasonable expenses may be claimed.

The Woodland Trust, together with Durham County Council and the Forestry Commission, are the partners responsible for developing the Woodland Revival Project which will run until 2023.  To find out more or to volunteer, contact Observatree@woodlandtrust.org.uk.

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