Ceredigion County Council received the application to close the right of way from Natural Resources Wales (NRW). The road will be closed to motor vehicles to enable NRW to carry out tree felling operations, in an effort to curb the spread of the disease.
In a statement, NRW said:‘Over the last 3 years, the larch trees at Bwlch Nant yr Arian have been found to be infected with Phytophthora Ramorum disease, and this year NRW has seen a significant jump in the number of trees infected. Larch trees produce high numbers of the spores that spread the disease, with the result that a lot of larch trees can become infected very quickly.’
The works will commence on 1st October 2013 and are expected to last no longer than 6 months. To avoid the byway, motor vehicles are advised to follow the A44 to Ponterwyd, then follow first unclassified road heading north from the village towards Dinas Reservoir. The long distance walking route between Borth and Pontrhydyfendigaid, which runs through the site, will remain open.
Phytophthora Ramorum is a fungus-like pathogen which was first discovered in the UK in 2002. Its occurrence in the UK remained rare until 2009, when the disease began spreading amongst Japanese larch in South West England. Since then it has also been confirmed in Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Western Scotland.
Greenlaners are asked to jetwash their vehicles after laning trips to help reduce the spread of the disease.
For information about the lane closure, contact local Area Ambassador John Askew, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information about the larch disease can be found at see forestry.gov.uk/pramorum and at naturalresourceswales.gov.uk