Felling works at Callendar Woods

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is asking visitors to Callendar Woods for help as it aims to control the spread of Phytophthora Ramorum, a tree disease which has infected a portion of the Larch trees in the woodland.

To help prevent the spread of the disease, users are being asked to follow the ‘Keep it Clean’ guidelines and wash footwear, bikes, kit and dogs paws before and after visiting the site.

FES will also carry out necessary felling works on the affected trees, including those within a 250m buffer zone, which will reduce the risk of the disease spreading to other trees in the area. A number of Sweet Chestnut trees will also be removed following a Statutory Plant Health Notice requesting that all infected trees and those within the buffer zone around the infected area be removed.

The works will begin in the New Year and are expected to last between eight to ten weeks with an additional six to eight weeks to remove the timber from the site. During this time, there will be temporary path closures to ensure public safety, but diversion routes will be provided and clearly sign posted.

Alistair Whyte, community and visitor services forester, Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “We realise the works will cause some disruption to our regular users, but the removal of the infected trees and buffer zone is essential to ensure a safe and healthy woodland. We’re asking everyone who uses the woodlands to help reduce the spread of the disease by washing their shoots, boots, tyres and pets before visiting Callendar Woods and before going on to visit any other woodland site.”

Following the works, FES will gradually restore Callendar Wood to a broadleaf woodland and replant native broadleaf trees soon after the felling is completed. FES will continue to keep the public informed of the works, but for more information on ‘Keep it Clean’, please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/keepitclean.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forest Enterprise Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.