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29th Jun, 2022

Nature lovers called on to help protect trees

NATURE-lovers are needed to help protect Warwickshire’s tree population.

Conservation charity The Woodland Trust needs volunteers to identify tree pests and diseases as part of national project Observatree.

Health surveyors will be trained to identify threats such as ash dieback, acute oak decline and Asian longhorn beetle, so they can be reported.

So far the project has trained over 225 volunteers who have helped identify disease and pests in trees across the UK.

But there are no volunteers in Warwickshire as yet.

Woodland Trust officer Charlotte Armitage said: “Observatree volunteers are instrumental in tracking pests and diseases– they need strong tree ID skills and an enthusiasm for nature to drive investigations across the UK. However, we still need more people to join our ranks; by signing up as a tree health surveyor, you can help scientists in the forestry sector understand and react to the threats facing our native trees.”

Visit www.observatree.org.uk to apply for a position by the end of March.

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