Whilst carrying out a routine inspection of the trees in Cheam Park, the Council’s tree specialists identified an outbreak of Oak processionary moth on a number of Oaks around the Recreation park. The trees effected are mainly to the rear of some properties in Malden road and adjacent Netley close.
The hairs from this pest can cause skin, eye and throat irritation in humans and animals. We have already notified the Forestry commission, who will be taking steps to remove the nests over the 7-10 days, but as a preventive measure the Council will be putting up signs and barriers around the trees as a preventative measure,
For more information on the Forestry Commission web site at www.forestry.gov.uk/oakprocessionarymoth.