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Forestry Commission Wales has stepped up efforts to fight a deadly tree disease by making an extra £100,000 of grant money available.
The funding is available to woodland owners in the Dyfi valley area, Powys to help combat Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae, two serious fungus-like diseases that pose a threat to woodlands.
The Dyfi valley has been selected for this grant money as an outbreak of P. ramorum was discovered there in 2009. P. ramorum has caused sudden oak death in California.
Rhododendron ponticum is one of the plants that hosts these diseases and the new funding is for the removal of uninfected rhododendron in a specific control zone in the Dyfi valley.
The funding is available via Forestry Commission Wales’s Better Woodlands for Wales grant scheme. Applications must be made using one of the trained management planners approved by the scheme and claims must be submitted by 28 February 2011.
As well as making this extra funding available, Forestry Commission Wales is working in partnership with the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) to locate infected rhododendron and to remove them.
For more details on the funding and to check the area covered, please contact Forestry Commission Wales on 0300 068 0300 or www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-5z8jcr
NOTES TO EDITORS
Better Woodlands for Wales
The Better Woodlands for Wales (BWW) grant scheme was specially designed for woodlands in Wales. It was developed in consultation with woodland owners, managers, and public sector organisations.
It provides support for good quality, sustainable woodland management with grant aid for the creation and management of woodlands being based upon an approved, long-term management plan that must meet the requirements of the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme. For further information, see www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-5z8jqk
Forestry Commission Wales
About 14% of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.
Forestry Commission Wales provides advice on forestry policy to the Minister responsible for forestry. It provides grant aid to the private sector and regulates forestry by issuing felling licences.
Forestry Commission Wales is also part of Forestry Commission GB and contributes to the international forestry agenda.
More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on www.forestry.gov.uk/wales
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