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Subject: RE: OPM - news UPDATE & URGENT
From: Hare, Gareth
Date: Jul 11 2019 12:26:34
Apparently sighted at Birmingham University campus now. Oh boy...

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jon Heuch
Sent: 05 July 2019 10:56
To: UK Tree Care <>
Subject: OPM - news UPDATE & URGENT
Importance: High

& if you thought matters could not get any worse...


Further to my email 28th June:


It is expected that OP MOTHS will emerge and fly away late July (26th July 
was mentioned...but I assume that is a best guess). The recent reported 
findings on new plantings from imported Dutch trees is potentially far worse 
as those plantings are potentially in multiple locations - Warwickshire, 
Manchester, Wiltshire...there are a lot more that need to be checked and 
there is no certainty that all imports are known about.


So, especially if you are of a tweeting or other social media variety, please 
tell all you know that may have planted oaks with a girth 8 cm or greater to 
go and check them for OPM. If it is known the trees came from Holland then 
especially so. We have about 2 weeks to prevent OPM from being all over the 
country. Yes, some will have tweaked that the hope of restricting its spread 
is not exactly great but if OPM is everywhere tree surgery on oaks will 
become a predictable pain..


If you find OPM especially on young newly planted trees where it may not have 
spread elsewhere the Forestry Commission want to know immediately. The OPM & 
the trees will need to be destroyed so careful diplomacy is needed with those 
that might not want that.. 


Jon Heuch  


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