Oak Processionary Moth hits golf courses, sports grounds and parks

Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) has reached golf courses, sports grounds, parks and streets in London this year.

A Forestry Commission representative said the moth, which can cause allergic reactions, was widespread in South West London:

"Royal Mid Surrey Golf Course is affected, and operations have been taking place there to clear infested trees of caterpillars and nests.

"Other 'public' sites that have had OPM infestations include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Richmond Park, Syon Park, Old Deer Park, Richmond Athletic sports grounds, London Welsh Rugby Club grounds, land owned by London Underground and Network Rail, and street trees owned by councils."

The nest removal season is still ongoing.

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