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Lickey paths sealed in outbreak

Posted on March 17 2013 at 10:27:27

Closure sign

A disease that could devastate plants and trees has reappeared in the Lickey Hills.

Signs have been put up closing footpaths across the country park after the discovery of phytopthora ramorum in the area.

As in the outbreak in spring 2011, the fungal disease is attacking rhododendron and teams are clearing all infected plants as directed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

As well as closing footpaths, park rangers are urging visitors to stay away from fenced-off areas, to clean footwear and to keep their dogs on leads.

Phytopthora ramorum is the cause of Sudden Oak Death, which caused widespread devastation of wild oak trees in California and Oregon in the United States.

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