Ancient woodland to be destroyed to combat larch tree disease
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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