13.11.17 Save our Oaks now Defra

Posted on November 13, 2017
Archive : November 2017
Category : Environment

Our mighty Oak trees are not having a good time of it at the moment. Not only are they having to cope with Acute Oak Decline, Chronic Oak Dieback and the nasty Oak Processionary Moth there's also some other bad stuff coming soon from Europe, including a pathogen which causes leaf scorch called Xylellia Fastidiosa, plus there's Honey Fungus and Oak Wilt thrown into the mix for good measure. So who's going to help our Oak trees to survive this onslaught? At the moment it's anybody's guess. There's currently a debate about who should fund the research into tackling the Oaks' problems. With Defra apparently dragging their heels, the poor old Oak is having to rely on charities such as Woodland Heritage and the Woodland Trust to get the ball rolling. However, there may be some light at the end of the leafy path and it's in the form of a new charity called Action Oak which will be launched next year. We're sorry that there's not too much to Google about this at the moment, but you can find out more by heading to Woodland Heritage. It's obvious Defra also needs to do more soon so that the Oak's survival is not solely dependent on charity – it's far too important for that.

Source: http://www.woodlands.co.uk/ – to read the complete Woodlands blog, please click here.

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