by KV Tubby, JF Webber
In the decade prior to the publication of this study, there was a tremendous emphasis on greening Britain’s cities and towns. This paper considers the many potential impacts that climate change will have on the vegetation of urban areas in England. The most signficant concerns relate to pests and diseases, including changes in host plants that may make them more susceptible, changes in temperature and moisture that affect the survival of pests and their natural enemies, and changes to climate that make it more suitable to a wider range of exotic pests brought in unknowingly on stock for greening schemes. Limitations to legislation intended to reduce the transmission of pests and disease via international trade are discussed.