Tree felling to tackle tree disease

Forest Enterprise Scotland is undertaking felling operations around Cnoc na Dail and Glenashdale on Arran in order to slow the spread of a tree disease.

When felling operations are underway, the public is being asked to take note of any diversion or temporary closure notices at the forest trails and car parks.

Phytophthora Ramorum is a tree disease which mainly affects larch and has been largely confined to the south west region of Scotland. It has affected larch trees on Arran for a number of years and previous infections have seen trees removed above Brodick Cemetery in the past.

Tree felling and associated operations at Cnoc na Dail and Glenashdale will commence on 21st January and is expected to be completed by 30th June. 

Andy Walker, Beat Forester for Forest Enterprise Scotland on Arran said:

“We’d like to make the public aware that over the next few months they will see some felling in areas affected by this disease. Unfortunately there’s no alternative to felling if we are to try and reduce the spread of this tree disease.

“Whilst the felling is being carried out, I would urge all visitors to heed the closure and diversionary signs that will be put in place.

“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding whilst the felling is underway.”

Regulations to control the spread of P Ramorum require all the infected trees to be removed and also the un-infected trees surrounding them as this stops the production and transmission of spores.

The public can find out more information on how they can prevent the spread of P Ramorum via the “Keep it Clean” campaign. The advice states that before arriving at any forest, visitors clean their boots and bikes, any kit they’re bringing and even pets paws if dog walking.

The disease can travel from one forest to another in mud and forest debris so it is important to clean it off before visiting woodlands.

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 agus bidh e a’ toirt seachad comhairle air poileasaidhean coilltearachd agus air riaghladh. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta as leth Ministearan na h-Alba.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.