Hello my name is Lana and it is my mission to get you interested in the well-being of your garden!

I am a biology masters’ student conducting research for Royal Holloway University of London and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). I am working on a national survey that will show which pests and diseases are thought to be most important by the general public across the UK. By “important” I mean the pests/diseases thought to be the biggest nuisances, which can be defined as causing a reduced yield, a decrease in aesthetic value (how the plant looks) or any other negative consequence that results from an interaction between the pest/disease and the plant.

The outcome of my project is to produce a prioritised list of the top 10 most important pests and diseases in UK gardens – but for this to happen I need your help! Whether you venture out into your garden every day or just a few times a year, your views are needed just as much as the experts.

The survey will be available from February until late April/early May. I would be immensely grateful if you could fill it in when it becomes available, it will only take up 5-10 minutes of your time. If you are viewing this before February and would like an email reminder when the survey becomes available, you can fill out your contact details on the “Contact me” page.

The survey is now available, please click here click here to participate.

If you’re interested in learning more about my project, please click here for a more detailed description of what I’m working on this year.

I will be using this blog to document the progress of my project so if you’re interested you can keep coming back for more updates! Thank you for spending the time reading about my work this year – Best wishes, Lana x