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When amongst trees and woodland, it is not always obvious to see the signs of possible pests and diseases. For example many diseases are easily spread via spores that are not always evident. Because of this it is important to be proactive in helping to stop the spread.
Biosecurity – This term is used frequently in relation to tree pests and diseases and refers to some precautions you can take. Pests and diseases are not always easy to see, so it’s important to be proactive wherever possible - anyone who visits woodland can help to prevent the spread of disease by ensuring they don’t transfer soil and leaf material (which often harbour fungal spores, bacteria and viruses) from one area to another.
By following these simple biosecurity measures, you can help to keep our trees, woods and the wider landscape healthy:
For more information and resources about biosecurity measures, visit the Forestry Commission website.