Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill takes in the scene at Moneyscalp Wood in County Down, with Forest Service Director of Forestry John Joe O’Boyle
An aerial tree survey took place last month as part of continued efforts to tackle the spread of the serious disease Phytophthora ramorum.
The survey involved experts from DARD and Forestry Commission taking over one thousand aerial photographs of local woodland, to spot tell-tale signs of P. ramorum.
Speaking after the visit to Moneyscalp Wood in County Down, where fourteen hectares of larch trees were felled during the winter to prevent infection at nearby forests Forestry Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “Helicopter surveys have proved a very effective way of covering large areas of ground quickly, giving us a good view of our forests for any disease symptoms such as dead tree tops and branches.
Anyone concerned that trees or plants may be infected with P.ramorum should contact the DARD Helpline on 0300 200 7852 or visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/forests for more advice on preventing the spread of tree disease.
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