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Chiswick House Gardens temporary closure to combat Oak Processionary Moth
Chiswick House Gardens will be closed on 24 May for precautionary tree spraying to combat the threat of Oak Processionary Moth in the park.
Friday 24th May
Chiswick House Gardens is closed today 24th May for precautionary tree spraying to combat the serious threat of Oak Processionary Moth in the park. The gardens will re open at 1.00pm today.
The Oak Processionary Moths emerge from their eggs in oak trees during May. They harm the health of the oak trees because the caterpillars feed on the leaves leaving them vulnerable to other pests and diseases. Oak Processionary Moth also poses risk to human and animal health because the caterpillars have thousands of tiny hairs which contain a substance which can cause painful skin rashes, eye and throat problems.
Following Forestry Commission guidance, a bacterial agent which occurs naturally and widely in soil, will be sprayed on the oaks in the gardens by specialist contractors. It is necessary to close the gardens in line with current Health and Safety legislation, and environmental protection regulations.
For further details about Oak Processionary Moth visit the Forestry Commission link on the right.
Chiswick House and Gardens Trust apologises for any inconvenience caused due to the park closure.