Ancient woodland to be destroyed to combat larch tree disease

Wentwood Forest near Newport, South Wales

Tests have confirmed larch trees at Wentwood Forest, near Newport, which is the largest ancient woodland in Wales, are infected with the fungus-like disease Phytophthora ramorum.

Nearly 500 acres of the woodland, which is home to rare wildlife including dormice, adders and nightjars, are now to be cut down and destroyed in an attempt to control the outbreak.

Experts, however, fear further areas will need to felled over the coming months as the disease continues to spread.

Ramorum has been causing extensive damage to larch trees in the south east of the country, although there have been cases found as far north as Cumbria and southern Scotland.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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