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Visiting woodlands affected by Phytophthora ramorum

Dyfi, family walking up the Allt Wylly incline above Nant Gwernol station just below the drumhouse in Abergynolwyn

All woodlands managed by Forestry Commission Wales remain open to the public – the only restriction to public access is in areas where felling is underway.

P. ramorum is not harmful to humans or animals, but the public can help us to minimise the spread of the disease.

Everyone who works in or visits infected areas must observe some simple precautions so that they don’t inadvertently spread the pathogen.

What should visitors do?

Signs at forest entrances advise visitors what they need to do to when visiting woods infected by P. ramorum.

Ways in which visitors are asked to help include:

  • walking on paths
  • keeping dogs on leads
  • removing soil and mud from footwear and bicycle wheels
  • not taking any plant material away

Visitors are also asked to thoroughly wash boots, shoes and bicycle wheels before visiting other susceptible areas, such as woodlands, gardens or garden centres and nurseries.

Access to public forests is only being restricted while trees are being felled, which is normal practice for safety reasons.

Want to find out about woodlands to visit in Wales?

See our Recreation website for information on forestry sites to visit in Wales.