Addressing tree disease within plantations on ancient woodland sites

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2016 Case study 5
Addressing tree disease within plantations on ancient woodland sites

One of the largest remaining blocks of ancient woodland in Wales is being restored to native woodland, but how does the presence of tree disease affect the operation?

Today Wentwood covers 1,300 ha and much of it is planted with non-native conifers. The Woodland Trust is aiming to restore areas of the site to native broadleaves by thinning the conifers. However plantations of larch at Wentwood had the disease Phytophthora ramorum and clear-felling was the only option. As part of the restoration and in order to re-establish the canopy a mix of native broadleaf species were planted to help create a more robust landscape.