Buy Bri­tish and Ir­ish saplings to pre­vent dis­ease spread, says Wood­land Trust

Country Smallholding - - December News -

THE WOOD­LAND Trust is pre­par­ing for this year’s tree plant­ing sea­son by ask­ing peo­ple across the UK to make sure that any trees put into the ground are from — and have been grown on — home soil.

The con­ser­va­tion char­ity has cre­ated an ac­cred­i­ta­tion scheme to high­light when nurs­eries sell trees of UK prove­nance.

This means that tree planters and gar­den lovers can make sure that saplings have come from a safe source and will not be con­tribut­ing to the spread of pests and dis­eases from other coun­tries.

Be­tween 1970 and 2013, 267 in­tro­duced plant pathogens be­came es­tab­lished in Great Bri­tain, many with dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect — and two-thirds of these were na­tive to Con­ti­nen­tal Europe. More re­cently a new pest, the zigzag elm sawfly, had en­tered the coun­try — pre­sum­ably on im­ported tree stock. The same can be said for ash dieback, which was first con­firmed in the UK in 2012.

Lee Dud­ley, projects man­ager for the Wood­land Trust, said: “The Wood­land Trust has been ex­clu­sively plant­ing UK trees since 2012, but we need more peo­ple to fol­low suit... es­sen­tially we want to cre­ate a con­sumer move­ment geared to­wards plant­ing trees of UK prove­nance. To­gether we can pro­tect our coun­try­side land against tree pests and dis­eases.” To find out more about the UK and Ir­ish Sourced and Grown Scheme, visit: www. wood­landtrust.org.uk/uksg.

The Wood­land Trust is ad­vis­ing peo­ple to only buy trees grown on UK soil

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