A Tree Health Officer has been employed by the Forestry Commission to tackle a deadly disease that has wiped out forests in Europe.
Steve Morgan has been recording instances of Ash Dieback in the South of Scotland. Jenny Longden went to meet him.
Members of the public are being asked to help a Tree Health Officer to record instances of Ash Dieback in the South of Scotland.
Steve Morgan is surveying the region for the disease, which kills Ash trees.
Among the symptoms are:
- Discolouration of tree trunk
- Diamond shaped lesions in bark
- Leaf loss
- Crown dieback
Anyone looking to report suspected cases of ash dieback can report it at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/
A tree health officer is being employed in the Scottish Borders to record cases of a deadly disease.
Steve Morgan has been tasked with recording instances of Ash Dieback in the region.
The Forestry Commission hope to use land surveys to shape policy on how to deal with the spread of the disease.
It was first discovered in the UK in 2012 but Steve Morgan says it's currently unclear how widespread it is.
All things equine are being celebrated when the Borders Festival of the Horse gets underway this week, and one of the attractions is going to be workhorses.
Horse logging has been making a resurgence across Cumbria and southern Scotland and the Forestry Commission is hoping that seeing it in action might encourage woodland owners to take up the reins too.
Hannah McNulty reports:
Woodland owners and managers are being urged to take up traditional horse logging.
It was practised for hundreds of years before being replaced by modern technology and equipment.
Cumbria and southern Scotland has seen a resurgence of the traditional method.
Woodland owners, managers and the public are being invited to an open day as part of the Borders Festival of the Horse at Glentress Forest, near Innerleithen, on Saturday 17 May, to see working horses in action.
Iain Laidlaw from the Forestry Commission Scotland says:
_"We are delighted to be working with the horse loggers. The demos are open to all ... to see why modern horse logging is often a viable option for timber harvesting. Rising fuel costs for mechanised harvesting are helping to make bio-fuelled horses even more competitive." _
Campaigners are warning that plans to cut spending on Britain's forests by more than a third could have a serious impact on tourism in the region.
Ryan Dollard has the full report:
Friends of the Lake District campaigner, Jack Ellerby, has been protesting against proposed cuts to the Forestry Commission budget.
He says that forests across the region bring in tourism and millions of people use them every year:
Plans to cut spending on Britain's forests by more than a third could have a serious impact on this region according to campaigners.
In an open letter to the government department DEFRA, the Forest Campaigns Network say that cutbacks would damage the tourism industry and lead to the closure of popular local tourist attractions and car parks:
Jack ellerby, friends of the Lake District:
"The government's own figures show that public forests are worth 400 million a year to this country. They bring tourism, work to raise air quality and provide timber.
"If they are not managed and resourced properly those benefits would be lost."