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Urgent action plea to save forestry jobs as tree disease takes hold

This is Cornwall

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thousands of jobs in the South West are at risk unless action is taken to mitigate the impact of an "insidious" tree disease which is sweeping the region, it has been claimed.

Some 1,745 hectares (4,300 acres) of Japanese larch has had to be felled in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset to combat the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, a fatal disease first found locally in 2007...