Nov 07 Managing pests and diseases – a chance to feed your views into policy By Judith

Forest Research are working to provide Defra with evidence from different kinds of woodland owners and managers, including owners of small woodlands, about how they are/are not dealing with recent outbreaks of tree pests and diseases, such as ash dieback, and how they might be planning to deal with the threat of potential future outbreaks.

The information collected will be used by Defra and partner agencies to help develop policy options for tree health as the UK leaves the European Union.

Forest Research is planning a series of meetings around the country over the next couple of months. They will focus on the views of a specific group of woodland owners/managers.  Information about the meetings will be shared with stakeholders as they are organised.

Confirmed dates

Group discussions will focus on managers of trees in the urban and peri-urban environment including owners and managers of small woods in the Bristol and Bath area.

26 November The Golden Guinea, Guinea Street, Bristol,7pm-9pm over a pie and a pint

28 November 12pm-2pm The Assembly, Old Market, Bristol, working lunch

The views of owners of small woodlands, particularly those in the urban and peri-urban environment, are poorly represented, so your contributions will be especially important in representing the experiences and perspectives of this part of the sector.

For more information or to sign up to participate in either of these meetings please contact Bianca Ambrose on [email protected] or tel: 0777 587 0865

If you would like to participate by contributing your views but are unable to come to either of these meetings, please get in touch with Bianca as there may be other ways you could contribute.

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