The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is linking up with the Country Landowners Association, NFU and Forestry Commission England to provide two free practical workshops for visitors to the Three Counties Show in Malvern to raise awareness of tree health issues.
The two hour workshops for landowners and woodland managers on 14 June will focus particularly Chalara (ash dieback) to increase understanding of practical responses to this disease.
The workshops will be introduced by Simon Lloyd, RFS development director. Simon West, Forestry Commission's partnerships and expertise manager for the North West and Midlands will be giving an overview of plant health policy followed by an update from Forestry Commission England plant health experts on spread, control and measures to increase resilience.
Forestry Commission Woodland Officers from the West Midlands will brief participants on the local situation in the Three Counties area.
Andrew Woods of Abbey Forestry and chair of the RFS management committee will then lead a visit to Langdale Wood adjacent to the showground to look at ash regeneration and discuss practical responses to the ash dieback.
Simon Lloyd said: "As the year progresses we expect the identified incidents of Chalara to rise, partly because of increased awareness as the tree leaves come out, but also as a result of the spread of these disease. This will be a concern for all tree owners - from the small woodland owner, to farmers and those with large estates. These workshops will offer practical advice and are an opportunity to discuss the issues with the experts and fellow woodland owners."
To register email RFSHQ@rfs.org.uk or call 01295 678 588. Full details can be found at www.rfs.org.uk