Felling work to tackle tree disease16 August 2018
Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is advising members of the public that closures and temporary diversions are required at Kilmun Arboretum and Corlarach as felling operations are ongoing over the next month.
The emergency felling is required to remove trees infected with Phytophthora ramorum, a disease which has recently been detected.
The removal of infected trees and those surrounding them helps to minimise and slow down the spread of the disease.
In Corlarach, the Corlarach Loop will be closed until August 1, 2019. The Corlarach route is already diverted due to ongoing harvesting operations and diversions remain in place throughout the new harvesting works.
“This disease is fatal to larch and we need to remove affected trees, and nearby trees that are potentially already infected, to try and limit the disease spreading even further,” said Fraser MacDonald, for the FES team in Glenbranter.