Most of the events set to mark the 2020 International Year of Plant Health were either cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we are growing accustomed to Zoom webinars, conferences are being rearranged to address this important topic. The national forestry conference ‘Protecting our trees and forests’ has been rearranged for October 8 and will be addressed by Pippa Hackett, Minister of State with responsibility for Forestry, Land Use and Biodiversity.

She will be joined by six speakers to discuss the importance of safeguarding forests and woodlands from insect pest, disease, storm, fire and other damage.