An early warning system for tree health
Our trees are under unprecedented threats from both new and established pests and diseases.
Observatree is an exciting four year project, which began autumn 2013, to set up a new tree health early warning system in the UK.
The project aims to establish mechanisms which will help identify tree pests and diseases at the earliest possible stage. By doing this we can maximise the chances of eradicating or controlling the outbreak.
Harnessing the power of citizen science is critical to the project’s success. This means we will empower volunteers to feed information into our monitoring systems, helping tree health scientists.
- train a core network of 200 specialist volunteers to verify tree health reports and undertake surveys
- share information on key tree pests and diseases
- encourage proper identification and reporting of tree health incidents
- research tree health early warning systems in Europe and share best practices
Funded by the EU’s Life programme, Observatree is a partnership project. Led by Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission, and supported by Defra, partners are Fera, the National Trust, and the Woodland Trust.