Conservation charity rooting out disease
Work to tackle a damaging plant disease at the National Trust for Scotland’s Arduaine Garden in Argyll has begun. The move is the latest step in the conservation charity’s plan to manage the outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum, more commonly known as sudden oak death. The Trust has been managing the disease – which has affected a number of forests across Scotland – at the garden since it was first discovered in 2007. Now moving into full-scale operation, the National Trust for Scotland will commence the felling of around 900 Japanese larch trees (Larix kaempferi) at Arduaine as part of an innovative fouryear plan to protect one of Scotland’s most special gardens, while boosting its biodiversity and resilience.