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13th December 2013
Sick Trees: how big is the problem in Cumbria?
Speaker: Ted Wilson
The Ambleside Parish Centre, Vicarage Road, Ambleside, (adjacent to St Mary's church)
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Concern about the health of trees is emerging as one of the defining environmental issues of our time. Around the world, trees and woodland ecosystems are threatened by a range of pests and pathogens. These are either imported from other places or native organisms that have become more prevalent. The key drivers for current tree health problems are thought to be global climate change and globalisation in world trade.
Here in Cumbria, there are many sensitive and unique woodland habitat types now threatened by pests and diseases. In this talk, we will review the major changes taking place in our environment and describe some of our most important tree health issues, especially those affecting juniper, oak, ash and larch. We will discuss some of the projects currently underway to raise awareness of tree health, and policies in place to conserve our most tree populations in the Lakeland region.