Ash dieback research, funding and policy news – 16 June 2015

16th Jun 2015

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Guide to forestry grants and funding available in Ireland

The new Forestry Programme will involve a commitment of €482 million to the forestry sector. Under the programme the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme is available from the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Teagasc has produced a guide for farmers on the grant and premium categories (GPCs) are open for applications.

 

The future of tree health

Ancient mainstays of our woodlands, hedgerows and parklands are at risk from a surge of pests and diseases – but a new research programme is bringing experts together from many fields to find solutions.

 

People power to help tackle tree disease

Citizen science and new technology are being combined in the fight against tree disease as part of Observatree, a new project launched this spring aiming to help protect the UK’s trees, woods and forests from harmful pests and diseases – existing or new.

 

It’s Gold at Chelsea for the ‘Beyond Our Borders’ garden

An innovative garden, called ‘Beyond Our Borders’, has been awarded a gold medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Commissioned by the Animal and Plant Health Agency, the garden highlights one way that global plant pest and disease threats are being monitored by the UK Government.

 

BBC Radio 4 Farming Today

Ash Dieback is a disease which has been devastating woodlands across the UK for over three years. BBC Look North’s Environment Correspondent Paul Murphy visits one of the nurseries involved in a scheme to source seeds and grow replacement trees as an alternative to Ash.

 

New ash dieback cases confirmed in Scotland

New cases of the tree disease ash dieback have been found in a “sheltered area” set up to halt its spread to mature woodlands. The large area in the western Highlands was designated in 2013 by the Forestry Commission and has been monitored by experts for the chalara infection, but cases have now been found in three areas. All around Oban, two of the locations where the disease has recently been confirmed are in Morvern while the third is in Glen Nant, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve.

 

Reconstitution Scheme: (Chalara Ash Dieback)

The Reconstitution Scheme supports the reconstitution of ash plantations which have suffered from or are associated with Ash Dieback disease caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. The objective of this scheme is to:

-Restore forests affected by Hymenoscyphus fraxineus by supporting the removal and destruction of trees and leaf litter affected by the disease.

-Reconstitution of the forest with an alternative species to ash.

-Ensure that all leaf litter is adequately destroyed.

 

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