About Phytophthora Ramorum in Gnoll Estate Country Park
The downloads below provide information on Phytopthora ramorum
Tree Disease and the latest news relating to tree felling in Gnoll
Estate Country Country Park.
Scroll down further for Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is part of the Park closed to the
Due to an outbreak of the tree disease Phytophthora ramorum the
Council has been served a Plant Health Notice requiring the felling
of ALL Japanese Larch and Western Hemlock trees within the Gnoll
The closure is necessary for the Health and Safety of our
What parts of the park remain open to the
All for the formal areas of the park remain open to the public,
including the Visitor Centre and Café, Bottom Pond, Fish Pond,
formal paths and the children’s play areas.
How long will the area affected be closed
Work is programmed to be completed by March 2014.
Is the woodland going to be replanted?
The Council has applied for grant funding to enable the area to
be replanted with broad leaf trees. The felling of the trees has
presented the Council with an opportunity to redesign the layout of
Moss House Woods.
Are the broad leaf trees going to be
Wherever possible the contractor will retain any existing broad
leaf trees, however it is inevitable that some will have to be
removed to create access routes for the contractors.
What about existing wildlife?
The area to be felled has been the subject of an ecological
survey and measures to protect existing wildlife have been put in
How can visitors help to prevent the spread of the tree
disease Phytophthora Ramorum?
You can help prevent the spread of the disease by;
- keeping to marked paths
- keeping dogs on leads
- not removing any plant material such as cuttings from the
- removing soil and mud from shoes before leaving the
- thoroughly washing boots and shoes before visiting susceptible
areas such as woodlands
- gardens or garden centres and nurseries.