Healthy Trees for a Healthy Future

by Editorial Team
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We need healthy trees for a healthy future, yet trees across the country and around the world are in trouble. Climate change and increasing numbers of pests and diseases are threatening the continued existence of many familiar species in our landscape, at a time when we need to plant more trees than ever to capture carbon.

In light of this, Yorkshire Arboretum has established the country’s first dedicated Tree Health Centre. Launching this month, with a formal opening event on 23 September, the centre aims to raise awareness of the threats to trees, highlight the need for vigilance, and suggest ways to increase the resilience of our treescape in the centuries ahead.

They aim to achieve this by offering classes, courses, and public outreach events. Led by specialists, these events will take place at the Yorkshire Arboretum and use the new, fully-equipped classroom and beautiful, botanically-rich surroundings.

From Friday 24 September to Sunday 3 October, the arboretum will host a range of activities to commemorate the launch of the Tree Health Centre. Families can get involved in a range of trails round the arboretum, interactive demonstrations, and a kid’s bug hunt. There will also be tree health tours of the arboretum, and a talk hosted by guest speaker Prof Nicola Spence –Chief Plant Health Officer at Defra and an arboretum trustee.

Arboretum Director Dr John Grimshaw said: “The launch of the Tree Health Centre comes at a time when everyone is painfully aware of the consequences of climate change, and the need to plant trees to help combat it. We want to help people keep our trees healthy and thriving, and these events offer something for everyone to learn about how to do so.”

Funding included £286,000 from the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund allocation.

Chair of the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Infrastructure and Joint Assets Board David Dickson said: “This specialist knowledge centre will build the capacity to protect tree health and lead the way for others. The opportunities for learning will make a real impact, and contribute towards the region’s ambitions to be greener, fairer and stronger.”

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