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Seventh National Survey on UK Tree Health

The following information comes from OPAL – Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) is a nationwide partnership that inspires communities to discover, enjoy and protect their local environment. Organisations such as the Tree Council are part of the OPAL partnership, which aims to create a new generation of nature-lovers through local and national projects that are accessible, fun and relevant to anyone who wants to take part. OPAL website.

Become an OPAL Tree Buddy

Trees are a vital and much-loved part of all our lives but, as we all know, they are increasingly under threat from pests and diseases. That’s why OPAL has teamed up with FERA and Forest Research to develop their seventh national survey on tree health.
From May, communities around the UK will be exploring their local area to find and survey local trees. As well as benefitting them, their data can help scientists to manage tree health more effectively. And they need YOU to help them inspire, engage and support these budding tree scientists by becoming an OPAL Tree Buddy.

What’s a Tree Buddy?

Tree Buddies are people like you with a professional interest in trees and forestry. Your expertise will help members of the public and schools carry out the survey to improve their learning experience and provide more accurate and reliable results. The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete and should be carried out between May and September each year.

This could include:

  • going out with friends and family to carry out the OPAL Tree Health Survey;
  • holding OPAL Tree Health Survey activities for the public;
  • training or accompanying members of the public who wish to try the survey;
  • hosting group consultation sessions;
  • setting up a tree recording scheme in your local area.

What will OPAL do?

They can:

  • provide you with free survey packs;
  • help promote your organisation and events through our UK-wide network and on our website;
  • provide you with additional training presentations, videos and resources;
  • hold survey training events;
  • offer advice on hosting public engagement events;
  • collect survey results on our database.

How can my organisation get involved?

To become a Tree Buddy, please click here
Please tell other people in your organisation about the OPAL Tree Health Survey and the Buddy Initiative by forwarding them this email and asking them to sign-up!

Source: Aboricultural Association - Seventh National Survey on UK Tree Health