Last Thursday’s national forestry conference addressed the existing and potential threats of insect pests and diseases to Irish forests. Opened by Pippa Hackett, Minister of State with responsibility for forestry, she outlined her views on tree health to the webinar conference as 218 attendees logged in.

Referring to International Year of Plant Health 2020, she said: “While it is important that we concentrate on protecting Ireland from threats of introduced new pests, we also need to link with European and international processes and initiatives.”