The risk of visitors spreading the disease is very small and we are not closing forests or advising owners of infected sites to do so.
We do ask that if you visit an infected or suspected wood, please take some simple precautions:
- don't remove any plant material (firewood, sticks, leaves or cuttings) from the woodland;
- where possible, before leaving the woodland, clean soil, mud, leaves and other plant material from shoes and boots, clothing, dogs, horses, wheels and tyres of bicycles, baby buggies, carriages and other vehicles, and remove any leaves sticking to your car;
- before visiting other countryside sites, parks, garden centres and nurseries, thoroughly wash shoes and boots, wheels and tyres in soapy water;
- follow the instructions on any signs.
If you are unsure whether a wood is infected, or suspected of being infected, it is always good practice to follow the advice above.
Chalara advisory signs for woodland visitors
If you think you have spotted the disease