Protecting the future of Bovingdon Green

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During 2012 Bovingdon Green, near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Field in Trust status. This status ensures the protection of the village green for future generations to enjoy.

To mark this achievement, The Garden Company donated and planted two native oak trees (Quercus robur) on the village green to coincide with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque on 20th April.

With the number of reported trees showing symptoms of Acute Oak Disease increasing over the last 3 to 4 years, primarily in the Midlands and South East, The Garden Company hopes that by planting the new trees it will help towards managing the woodland edge of Bovingdon Green for years to come.

Acute Oak Disease affects mature trees of both native oak species (Quercus robur and Quercus petraea). Key symptoms of affected trees include dark weeping patches on the stem surface and between bark plates with lesions and necrotic tissue underlying the bleed points.

For more information regarding Acute Oak Disease and details on how to report possible outbreaks please visit www.forestry.gov.uk

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