Guide to actions in phytophthora ramorum map zones

Management Zone (within zone 1)

The Plant Health (Forestry) (Phytophthora ramorum Management Zone) (Scotland) Order 2014 makes special arrangements for the movement of larch within an area known as the Management Zone. FCS will no longer issue Statutory Plant Health Notices within the Management Zone and statutory controls on the movement of all roundwood, larch timber and associated, potentially infectious, products will be applied to such material only if it leaves this area.

The rest of Zone 1 (outside the Management Zone)

Encompasses the general area of higher climatic risk where infection has been, or is considered most likely to be, found on larch.

Plant Health Controls on Approval for the Felling of Larch with effect from 7 October 2013:

Two Options are available to owners:

  • Option 1: Receive a felling licence /permission conditional on delaying the felling of any larch until after FC have inspected the larch in late spring (after 31 May 2014). The owner can fell all other trees and remove them without restriction. After FCS staff have inspected the trees in circa June 2014, we will authorise the delayed felling to start, either under a felling licence/permission or we will serve an SPHN
  • Option 2: If the owner cannot or does not want to delay felling, the larch can be felled under an SPHN. Other trees can be felled and moved as normal under an appropriate felling licence/permission.

Important: Use of Larch for regeneration of felled sites or for woodland creation in Zone 1

Larch will not be grant aided as a species. You must use an alternative species. Please consult with your local Conservancy office to agree a suitable alternative.

Zone 2

Remaining areas of higher climatic risk, but where isolated or no infection has yet been found

Plant Health Controls on Approval for the Felling of Larch with effect from 7 October 2013:

There are no timber harvesting restrictions on larch in Zones 2 unless you are within 10km of a known point of infection (details of known infections are published fortnightly on the outbreak update map on our Phytophthora ramorum page. Your local Conservancy office will also be able to inform you, during the approval process for the felling, whether you are within one of these areas). If you are, then the same restrictions will apply as if you were in Zone 1 (detailed above).

Important: Use of Larch for regeneration of felled sites or for woodland creation in Zone 2

In Zone 2 we will encourage owners/managers to plant alternative species, to meet the management objectives for the site. Where owners still want to replant with larch grants will be available and normal contract conditions will apply.

Zone 3

Areas of lower climatic risk where isolated or no larch infections has yet been found

Plant Health Controls on Approval for the Felling of Larch with effect from 7 October 2013:

There are no timber harvesting restrictions on larch in Zones 3

Important: Use of Larch for regeneration of felled sites or for woodland creation in Zone 3

We will pay grants for planting of larch and normal contract conditions will apply.