Phytophthora ramorum confirmed in the Larch trees at Rowardennan

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is urging visitors to Rowardennan Forest (East Loch Lomond) to stick to paths and follow good biosecurity practice outlined in the ‘Keep it Clean’ campaign.

The call comes as the FES team in the area prepares to carry out some felling and clearance work across seven hectares of the forest to combat an outbreak of tree disease, Phytophthora ramorum.

The work will take place in woodland near the Rowardennan Hotel, and adjacent to the Ben Lomond access path.

This disease can be fatal to larch, and we need to remove affected trees, and nearby trees that are potentially already infected, to try and prevent the disease spreading even further.

Although there are no trees to be felled immediately adjacent to the Ben Lomond access path, the felling area will be visible from the path. 

Please be aware of this problem at Rowardennan and ensure you and your dogs arrive and leave with clean feet.  Further information is available by email from the BCC Secretary on request or direct from the Forestry Commission.