New sweet chestnut blight outbreak – July 2017

The Forestry Commission has confirmed an outbreak of sweet chestnut blight in London.  Staff across the Observatree partnership are working to identify the extent of the outbreak. Find out more about this on the Forestry Commission website and Defra plant health portal.

Observatree volunteers are providing additional support by surveying sweet chestnut trees for signs of blight across London and more widely. Even though the outbreak is in London, information on the health of sweet chestnut trees from elsewhere across the UK is also very important.

Find out more about sweet chestnut blight.