Tree felling in the Forest of Dean begins
FELLING of more than 50,000 trees in the Forest of Dean has begun.
The Forestry Commission wants to stop the spread of the fungus phytophthora ramorum, which has already destroyed many trees in Devon and Cornwall.
Japanese larch and sweet chestnut within 250m (820ft) of diseased trees in a 100ha (250-acre) area will be felled over the next couple of months.
Jim Sauter, head of land management at the Forestry Commission, said: "All of the timber from these trees will be used afterwards.
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