The Forestry Fee (FC) has confirmed an extra discovering of the tree illness Phytophthora pluvialis in Shropshire, in addition to subsequent tree-health safety measures to fight it from spreading.

The measures embody a brand new demarcated space (see map under), which can come into power on subsequent Thursday (June 16).

Inside these boundries, the motion of any wooden, remoted bark and bushes (together with stay bushes, felled or fallen bushes, fruit, seeds, leaves or foliage) of the genus Tsuga (Hemlock); Pseudotsuga (Douglas-firs); Pinus (Pine); and Notholithocarpus might be prohibited from the aforementioned June date.

Provision is made inside this discover to allow plant well being inspectors to authorise actions and processing of fabric from the demarcated space the place this may be achieved with out risking the unfold of P. pluvialis.


Moreover, there’ll a further restriction on the felling of prone materials inside the space, until the FC has been notified, in writing, upfront.

Landowners should present discover of their intention to fell related materials a minimum of 14 days upfront of any felling within the demarcated areas.

Phytophthora pluvialis

In September 2021, Phytophthora pluvialis was found in a woodland in Cornwall, England, affecting mature western hemlock and Douglas-fir bushes. Additional outbreaks have since been present in Devon, Cumbria, Surrey and a number of websites in Scotland and Wales.

It’s a fungal-like pathogen that’s recognized to trigger needle forged, shoot dieback and lesions on the stem, branches and roots.