Oak Processionary Moth (OPM)
Haringey’s Parks Service
As a community group/organisation near to Oliver Tambo Recreation Ground, we would like to make you aware of a particular tree that has a high level of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) nests in it. The tree is growing over a primary path in the park - please see photos attached and the tree’s what3words location here: https://w3w.co/exams.term.lance.
Oak Processionary Moth
The caterpillars of the OPM are a pest which can be a hazard to the health of oak trees, people and animals in the area. The tiny hairs of the caterpillars can be blown about by the wind and cause itchy skin rashes, eye and throat irritations and, occasionally, breathing difficulties in people and animals. Also, the caterpillars eat oak leaves and large numbers can strip whole trees bare, leaving them vulnerable to other threats. Please find more information in the attached Forestry Commission leaflet and poster.
Haringey’s Response to Oak Processionary Moth
Our Operations team have arranged biosecurity and attempted to reroute the path around the tree
The Forestry Commission is testing different ways of slowing the spread of pests and diseases in specific trees. Haringey Council in collaboration with Alexandra Park Palace, is developing a boroughwide OPM management plan to strategically manage infestations and to engage effectively with our community stakeholders.
Reporting to the Council
Please report any new sighting to the Operation Area Supervisor contact Andy Loucas:Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org; 07967 336 332.
Forestry commission reporting
Personal safety guidance
DO NOT: • Touch or approach nests or caterpillars • Let children touch or approach nests or caterpillars • Let animals touch or approach nests or caterpillars • Try removing nests or caterpillars yourself.
DO: • See a pharmacist for relief from skin or eye irritations after suspected OPM contact. • Call NHS 111 or see a doctor if you think you or someone in your care has had a serious allergic reaction - tell the doctor you suspect OPM contact.
Please share this information with your local networks.