Forest health day - East of England

28 October 2011

What was the event?

A single day seminar where Forest Research scientists provided an update on the latest information about tree insect pests and diseases, including acute oak decline, red band needle blight, oak processionary moth, pine weevil and Phytophthora ramorum.

The seminar involved a morning session indoors with presentations, followed by an afternoon session outside where we discussed biosecurity and symptoms of insect pests and diseases.


Time Topic Speaker
10.00 Welcome and introduction Steve Scott, Regional Director, Forestry Commission England
10.15 Update on chronic and acute oak decline Dr Sandra Denman, Senior Research Scientist, Forest Research
10.55 Update on Red Band Needle Blight (esp.mitigation and thinning). Dr Anna Brown, Programme Leader, Forest Research
11.35 Break  -
11.50 Update on insect pests, including oak processionary moth Dr Nigel Straw, Senior Research Scientist
12.30 Hylobius and climate change Dr Daegan Inward, Research Scientist, Forest Research
13.10 Lunch (packed lunches)  -
14.00 Update on Phytophthora ramorum Dr Sandra Denman, Senior Research Scientist, Forest Research
14.40 Biosecurity practice and how to report problems and get advice (DDAS). Dr Anna Brown, Programme Leader, Forest Research
15.10 Species and provenance selection to deliver resilience to pests, diseases and climate change. Mark Broadmeadow, Forestry Commission England
15.40 – 15.50 Round-up and depart Steve Scott, Regional Director, East of England

Seminar flyer (PDF-151K)

Continued Professional Development (CPD): Whilst it was up to each delegate to make an assessment in relation to their own personal development, it is reasonable for ICF Professional Members to allocate 5 hours CPD if they attended this event.

Who was the event suitable for?

Forestry and woodland managers and agents, forestry and woodland owners, and those working in forestry and woodlands.

Where did the event take place?

The Santon Downham Centre,
Santon Downham,
Suffolk IP27 0TG


For further information please contact the Forestry Commission by telephone
01842 816 010 or email