Juniper Management

Juniper Group England

Juniper populations across Great Britain have been in steady decline over decades, so this working group - which began meeting in April 2020 - is looking at how to target and improve the quality of juniper management and best practice, particularly in light of the threat of Phytophthora austrocedri on remaining populations.

The Group meets on a six-monthly basis with smaller 'discussion group' meetings held at other times to discuss particular themes in more detail. For more information please contact:

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Phytophthora austrocedri on Juniper Webinar

25th June 2020

Sarah Green from Forest Research presented: Phytophthora austrocedri on juniper; evidence for natural resistance in juniper populations (the good news), spread of the pathogen in nursery-grown plants (the bad news) and implications for juniper restoration.

Sarah outlined how an emerging invasive pathogen, probably introduced to the UK in the 1990s, has led to a number of infected sites in Northern Britain.

Findings from Sarah's research have provided the basis for Forest Research's new Biosecurity flyer ‘Plant health considerations for planting schemes’. This provides guidance for those responsible for planting schemes to identify and select suitable plant trade providers who follow good biosecurity practice.

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