The Wood For The Trees

Seeing the wood for the trees

The Forestry Commission’s Simon Toomer explores the importance of arboreta in protecting the UK’s forests

The Biologist Vol 60(3) p12-15

Last year was remarkable for the UK’s trees and woodlands, both ecologically and politically. It became clear that the threat to our trees and forests is more acute than the most pessimistic plant pathologists had been predicting. Alongside sudden oak death, Asian longhorn beetle, oak processionary moth and a long list of other recently discovered or invading pests and diseases, an even more worrying addition arrived: Chalara dieback in ash...

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