Alert Sweet Chestnut Pest


Tree Guardian

June 2015

Tree Branch

An Urgent Call To All Tree WardensYou might have heard that the damaging tree pest Oriental chestnut gall wasp (Dryocosmus kuriphilus) has been discovered in sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) trees in Kent. We are anxious to find out whether there are other outbreaks elsewhere, and hope you can help by checking any sweet chestnut trees in your neighbourhood and reporting any sightings of galls to the Forestry Commission. We are only interested in sightings of galls on Sweet Chestnut in this instance.

Leaf icon Oriental chestnut gall wasp
For more information about how to report a sighting and to download a PDF of the symptoms guide
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