We are delighted to be working alongside Focus on Forestry First to bring members in Wales this workshop on pests and diseases.
Tree pests and diseases can cause significant damage to woodlands, impacting biodiversity, the productive forestry and tourism industries. If you are a tree professional based in Wales, please join us in Wrexham for this workshop to hear from a number of speakers on how we can help prevent and minimise the introduction and spread of these pests and diseases.
Emphasising the importance of biosecurity, the workshop will begin with an update on current and future tree pest and disease threats, with tree health training resources available from Observatree, and will highlight the practical measures that we can all take. In the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to ask tree health-related questions regarding their work, land or woodlands during a Q&A/clinic session. The workshop will close with an activity designed to find out what training attendees would like in the future in terms of content, delivery and timings.
Thank you to Insitute Fellow, Tom Jenkins FICFor (Head of Forest Research Wales), for his support in the development of this workshop.
- Update on current and future tree pest and disease threats
- Help reduce risk of introduction and spread of tree pests and diseases
- Opportunity to ask specific tree health-related questions.
Dr Suzanne Sancisi-Frey – Pathologist (tree health), Forest Research
Suzanne is a forest Pathologist who has been working at Forest research for 12 years. She initially focussed on Phytophthora and other tree disease research in the labs at Alice Holt before moving into tree health training for various citizen science projects. Her current role is with The Centre for Forest Protection where she is developing an education and training programme for forest professionals and academic audiences.
Becki Gawthorpe – Biosecurity Officer, Forestry Commission
Becki works for the Forestry Commission’s Plant Health Forestry team as their Biosecurity & Awareness Manager. Biosecurity in a plant health context is a set of measures that aim to prevent the introduction and spread of plant pests and diseases. Becki has a national role, co-ordinating the Forestry Commission’s specialist tree health biosecurity programme and leads on the production of Plant Health Forestry communications such as extension materials and regulations to support the protection of Great Britain’s trees, woods, and forests.
Sam Milner – Tree Health Officer, Natural Resources Wales
Sam has been working in the forestry sector for 14 years with NRW and with Forestry Commission Wales before that. For the last 11 years, he has been with the Tree Health Team, initially as a Field Surveyor conducting site visits and sampling for a range of pests and diseases. Since 2019, Sam has been NRW’s Tree Health Officer, focussing on planning surveys, coordinating NRW’s regulatory response to quarantine pests and diseases, liaising with landowners and issuing Statutory Plant Health Notices. Prior to that, he worked in Grants and Regulations for NRW and Forestry Commission Wales for several years on the Better Woodlands For Wales grant scheme and Felling Licences.
Joe McMinn – Senior Advisor Tree Health, Natural Resources Wales
Joe has been working in tree health and research across England and Wales for over 10 years, starting out in Forest Research as a Research Worker, then in the Forestry Commission Plant and Tree Health Team as a Cross Border Plant Health Officer, and for the past two years as Senior Officer Tree Health for Natural Resources Wales. His main current duties are regulated forestry pests and pathogens, providing advice and technical support to ensure they are being managed in a suitable manner. Joe has a strong interest in Welsh forestry, pest and pathogen management and minor forest species.
Matt Parratt – Research Scientist (silviculture and wood properties), Forest Research
Karen Dawson Morris – Programme Manager, Welsh Government
10:15 Welcome and refreshments
10:30 Pests and diseases presentation
11:30 Biosecurity presentation and activity
13:30 Q&A clinic – everything to do with tree health in Wales
14:45 Future training activity
Who is this event for?
This event is specifically for foresters and arboriculturists living/working in Wales.
Please note that this workshop is also taking place in Swansea on Wednesday 1 February 2023. Find out more.
Ticket Type 1 - Standard
Ticket Price 1 - £20
There are 60 places available on this workshop. Book now
This event has been supported by Natural Resources Wales, Forestry England and the Welsh Government. Lunch and refreshments are included.
Event Region - wales
Event Venue - TBC