Lake District larches to be removed in anticipation of Phytophthora

Thirlmere reservoir and forest - image:United Utilities
Thirlmere reservoir and forest - image:United Utilities

A programme of native woodland restoration at Thirlmere Forest in Cumbria is being ramped up due to the threat posed by Phytophthora ramorum to the larch trees which currently make up more than a third of the forest.

United Utilities woodland officer Paul Clavey said: "It makes sense to bring our existing plans for felling some of the larch forward to this winter. That way we will be better able to resist and control the disease if it arrives here."

Overlooking the water company's Thirlmere reservoir, the forest was one of England's first national red squirrel reserves and is already a haven for other wildlife.

"We want to make it even better by returning more of it to natural woodland, which is just as good for water quality, if not better," Clavey added.

Money from selling the timber will be re-invested in the estate.

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