Just three per cent of Wales' Phytophthora-infected larch felled

Just three percent of the larch trees in Wales' public forests infected with Phytophthora ramorum have been felled, a member of the Welsh Assembly has found.

Antoinette Sandbach - image: antoinettesandbach.org.uk
Antoinette Sandbach - image: antoinettesandbach.org.uk

An information request by Antoinette Sandbach AM said that felling work had been carried out on just 10 out of 328 hectares of publicly-owned woodland within the so-called Core Disease Zone (CDZ) in which the tree pathogen has been identified, and that no felling has been carried out since September.

In sharp contrast, felling is under way or has been completed on 94 of the 127 hectares of infected private forest land within the CDZ.

Sandbach, whose North Wales constituency includes large forestry areas, said: "I am shocked by this admission - simply not enough is being done quickly enough by the Welsh Government."

She claimed the problem was down to Natural Resources Wales having taken over the functions of the Forestry Commission in Wales, which she said "we are now paying the price for".

A Welsh Government representative said its new Wales Tree Health Disease Management Strategy, which delineated the CDZ, provided a more strategic approach to managing outbreaks and is aimed at minimising its impact on the environment.

The representative added: "Given the volume of infected larch, we are conscious that we need to avoid flooding the market as this could drive down value and adversely affect the forestry industry and the prices paid."


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