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Dig for victory… against tree pests and diseases

The Woodland Trust is preparing for this year’s tree planting season by asking businesses and individuals across the UK to make sure any trees put into the ground are from – and have been grown on – home soil.

The conservation charity has created an accreditation scheme to highlight when nurseries sell trees of UK provenance. This means that tree planters and garden lovers can make sure saplings have come from a safe source, and will not be contributing to the spread of pests and diseases from other countries. 

The Woodland Trust has created an accreditation scheme to highlight when nurseries sell trees of UK provenance (Photo:  Phil Formby)
The Woodland Trust has created an accreditation scheme to highlight when nurseries sell trees of UK provenance (Photo: Phil Formby)

Between 1970 and 2013, 267 introduced plant pathogens became established in Great Britain – and two thirds of these were native to continental Europe. More recently it has been announced that a new pest, the zigzag elm sawfly, has entered the country – presumably on imported tree stock. The same can be said for ash dieback, which was first confirmed in the UK in 2012.

Lee Dudley, projects manager for the Woodland Trust, said:  “The Woodland Trust has been exclusively planting UK trees since 2012, but we need more people to follow suit. Essentially we want to create a consumer movement geared towards planting trees of UK provenance. Together we can protect our countryside land against tree pests and diseases.

“Our UK and Irish Sourced and Grown accreditation scheme is a stamp of approval; it allows trees to be bought with peace of mind, and means saplings can be traced back to where they came from. We want more people to ask where their trees come from, and nurseries can ask to join the 21 nurseries that are already part of the programme.”

The scheme began in 2015 and has now been signed up to by 21 nurseries. It is part of the Trust’s two-pronged approach to biosecurity, and minimalising the spread of pests and diseases. The charity also wants to see better border control; if plant material is checked more thoroughly, there could be fewer pests and diseases enter the UK.

To find out more about the UK and Irish Sourced and Grown scheme, please visit: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/uksg. Interviews with staff and nurseries can be arranged via the press office (see details below).

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Notes to editors

For further information contact the Woodland Trust press office on 01476 581121 or email HollieAnderson@woodlandtrust.org.uk

The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.

The Trust has three key aims:  i) protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable, ii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life, iii) plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering over 22,500 hectares. Access to its woods is free.

Nurseries signed up to the scheme

If you wish to visit, photograph or interview any of the below please contact Hollie Anderson (number above). The audit form used to assess UKSG nurseries, is also available on request.

Nursery

Address

Country

Region

1.        Alba Trees

Gladsmuir , East Lothian

Scotland

South East

2.        Aveland Trees

Bourne, Lincs

England

East

3.        Botanica Plants

Campsea Ashe, Woodbridge, Suffolk

England

South East

4.        Cheviot Trees Ltd

Foulden, Berwick upon Tweed

Scotland

North East

5.        Christie Elite Nurseries Ltd

 Forres, Moray

Scotland

North East

6.        Toad and Wren Nursery

Ysbyty Ystwyth, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion

Wales

Central

7.        Crowders

 Horncastle,  Lincolnshire 

England

East

8.        Dukeswood Nursery

Kingsmuir, Forfar

Scotland

East

9.        Exmoor Trees

Nr Minehead, West Somerset

England

South West

10.     Heathwood Nurseries Ltd

Higher Heath, Whitchurch, Shropshire

England

Midlands

11.     J&A Growers

Wasperton, Warwick

England

Midlands

12.     Little Assynt Tree Nursery

 Lochinver,  Sutherland

Scotland

North West

13.     Maelor Forest Nurseries

Whitchurch, Shropshire

England

Midlands

14.     Oakover Nurseries

Hothfield, Ashford, Kent

England

South East

15.     Perrie Hale

Honiton, Devon

England

South West

16.     Prees Heath Forest Nurseries

Higher Heath, Whitchurch, Shropshire

England

Welsh Borders

17.     Taynuilt Trees

 Taynuilt, Argyll

Scotland

North West

18.     Thorpe Trees

Thorpe Underwood, York

England

North

19.     Trees Please

 Corbridge, Northumberland

England

North East

20.     WeeTrees

 Wellington, Somerset

England

South West

21.     Wyevale Nurseries

Kings Acre, Hereford

England

South West

22.     British Hardwood Tree Nursery Ltd

Norton Road, Snitterby, Nr. Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

England

Central

 

Video content:

  • To watch a case study about Thorpe Trees and why they joined UKSG, click here. NB: This refers to a partnership with Grown in Britain, which has now ended.
  • In addition to nurseries we also work with a seed producer called Forestart. Have a peek behind the scenes here.

If you wish to use these videos, or have access to the original files, please contact the press office.