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Larch disease in D&G

Forestry Commission Scotland is joining forces with the forestry sector to take action to tackle a significant increase in a tree disease that kills larch trees.

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Plans to tackle larch disease in D&G

The larch tree disease has affected large areas of woodland Credit: ITV News Border

Forestry Commission Scotland is joining forces with the forestry sector to take action to tackle a significant increase in a tree disease that kills larch trees.

The disease Phytophthora ramorum was originally found in Dumfries and Galloway in 2012, but has increased its range significantly in forests throughout the region.

John Dougan, the Commission's conservator in the area said:

"This is a worrying development and we are working with industry partners to manage its impact, both in terms of limiting its further spread and in dealing with the trees that have already been affected.

"There is a core area in Galloway Forest Park where it looks as if all larch has been infected and we are looking at how best to recover as much usable timber as possible.

"Beyond this core area, we are looking at taking further action to fell infected stands and those adjacent to it to try to minimise the further spread of the disease."

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