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Oak Processionary Moth
There is a growing problem across London and the South with Oak Processionary Moths (OPM) that live in oak trees. We have them in many of our trees at the Scout Hut, the caterpillars are active at the moment and their hairs may cause irritation and a rash. We have surveyed our oak trees on the site and marked (with a yellow marker) any tree where we saw a nest (approx. 10 nests). However, we think that we should assume that all our oak trees have the OPM nests present.
The Scout Group have sought advice from Merton Council and the Forestry Commission about whether there is any action we can, or should take. The Forestry Commission are taking the view that the London area is too heavily infected to carry out any remedial action and they are now concentrating on stopping infestations in a ring around the core area, so there is no statutory help to get rid of the nests.
We are exploring paying for the removal of the existing nests with a Tree Services company, but we know that this will be an ongoing problem between May and July each year, as moths will return and build nests annually.
For the moment we have banned tree climbing in our grounds and our Leaders have been briefed about the problem and are letting the children know about the Moths. If you could reinforce the advice not to touch the caterpillars or play around trees where there is an obvious presence we would be grateful.
If you want to find our more we will have a supply of leaflets soon at the Scout Hut or you can use this link to go directly to the Forestry Commission website www.forestry.gov.uk/opm