New tree diseases – Ash Dieback

A new tree disease has been discovered in Britain Imported trees from the Netherlands are to be destroyed following the discovery of ash dieback disease. The serious fungal disease ash dieback has hit the UK for the first time after 2,000 imported trees from the...

Asian Longhorn Beetle

Dangerous tree pest Asian longhorn beetle -first outbreak in UK An outbreak of the Asian longhorn beetle (ALB), an exotic pest which could have severe consequences for British trees, has been found in Kent, the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) has...

Trees in autumn

Some tree facts for autumn Why do trees lose their leaves? Deciduous trees lose their leaves in autumn, the process takes place over four to six weeks as daylight hours shorten and temperatures decrease. This provokes the tree into the process known as abscission. The...

How does a tree live?

How does a tree live? Trees are anchored into the soil by their roots.  The roots also take up water containing dissolved minerals, which then travels up the tree via special vessels called xylem within the wood of the tree. This upward passage of water and nutrients...