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Oriental chestnut gall wasp (Dryocosmus kuriphilus) found in Kent, England

Oriental chestnut gall wasp (OCGW) was discovered in a woodland in Kent, England, in June 2015, the first time this pest has been confirmed as present in the UK. A second site has been confirmed with OCGW present in a small number of trees in a single street in Hertfordshire. We are investigating neighbouring woodland and trees to establish the extent of the outbreaks, and taking swift and appropriate action. Surveys are also being conducted around the country for evidence of any other outbreaks, but to date none has been found.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015