Time to brush off your wellies!

Author: Katherine Deeks, Biosecurity Officer.

Spring has well and truly sprung, the days are getting longer and warmer, and with the Easter long weekend around the corner… it’s time to brush off your wellies, pump up the bike tyres and head out into our beautiful countryside. And when you get there – we want you to ‘Keep it Clean’.

Plant pests and diseases can impact our landscapes and our trees but – whether visiting a Forestry Commission wood, a historic garden, or just local parkland – there are simple things that everyone can do to reduce the risk from pests and diseases and help keep our trees healthy.

(You can see the full length version of this video on the Forestry Commission’s YouTube channel here).

Tree and plant diseases can live in soil and water so to limit the spread of plant diseases between different places, it’s recommended that you:

  • brush the mud and leaves from your boots between visits to different parks, gardens and woodlands
  • wash the mud from your bikes and buggies between visits

These are small things but they could make a big difference.

If you are heading out to a forest, woodland or garden over Easter, remember to ‘Keep it Clean’, and together we can help protect and preserve our rural environments and rich plant heritage for future generations to come.


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