Trees face huge challenges
With more new pests and diseases reaching our shores tackling pests and diseases is now an urgent priorityLearn about the threats
Phytophthora austrocedri is a damaging plant pathogen that was first seen in the UK in 2011.
Phytophthora austrocedri is particularly worrying because it affects juniper, one of our most rare native trees. There are only around 400 hectares of juniper woodland in Britain, mostly in Scotland. It supports a specialised group of insects, fungi and lichens, as well as birds such as goldcrest, and provides winter cover for black grouse. The disease often causes death of the host tree.
If you think you’ve spotted this disease please inform the Forestry Commission using the Tree Alert reporting tool. Three good-quality digital photographs are required to aid identification.
For more information visit the Forestry Commission.