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Fingle Felling Update

Since the plant health notice was served on the infected larch trees near Willingstone Cottages (see the blog from 4th October) the felling work has begun and rapid progress has been made, helping to prevent the spread of the plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum.
A large area is now almost clear of larch and a view across the valley has been opened up for the first time in over 50 years. Once the work is complete and the mist has cleared the photos below give an early indication of this new panorama, but while the forestry machines are operating and the warning signs are still in place visitors are requested to avoid the area.

After half a century the larch has been felled to prevent the spread of disease

After half a century the larch has been felled to prevent the spread of disease

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One distant larch remains before the view is finally revealed

by Matt Parkins

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