Con­ser­va­tion char­ity root­ing out dis­ease

Scottish Field - - GARDEN NEWS -

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.

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