19 July 2019

Tighter measures on the import of oak trees come into force in England to protect native trees from the threat of the Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) on Monday 15th July.

The bolstered measures will only permit imports of certain oak trees, including:

  • those from OPM free countries
  • those from designated pest free areas including Protected Zones – an area of the European Union declared free of OPM
  • those that have been grown under complete physical protection for their lifetime.

This Statutory Instrument builds on measures introduced in August 2018 and applies to all oak trees, except cork oak, over a certain size. This is because these trees represent the greatest likelihood of introducing OPM into the UK Protected Zone, as they are more susceptible to pest populations and more difficult to inspect.

For more information please visit the Gov.UK website here.

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