About Phytophthora Ramorum

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.

Latest News
File type Document File size
pdf About Phytophthora ramorum 1.20 MB
pdf Press Release: Tree felling to start in Gnoll Estate Country Park 24 KB
pdf Map of areas open to the public 6.47 MB
pdf Map of area of tree felling 2.30 MB
pdf Map of broadleaf areas of the Park unaffected by tree disease 2.21 MB


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is part of the Park closed to the public?

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 Estate.

The closure is necessary for the Health and Safety of our visitors.

What parts of the park remain open to the public?

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 for?

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 felled?

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 place.

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 woodland
  • removing soil and mud from shoes before leaving the woodland
  • thoroughly washing boots and shoes before visiting susceptible areas such as woodlands
  • gardens or garden centres and nurseries.