The Plant Health (Forestry) (Phytophthora ramorum Management Zone) Order 2014 became law on 5 June 2014. This Order applies only to the area shown edged in red on the map below which is known as the “Management Zone”. 

The map is illustrative only. The legal boundary of the management zone is described in Schedule 2 Part 1 of the Order.

map showing phytophthora ramorum management zone

How this Order might affect you

Scottish Forestry Plant Health Inspectors will no longer issue SPHNs for infected trees discovered within the management zone.

There are no movement restrictions, including records of such movement, if Phytophthora-infected larch wood from inside the management zone remains wholly within that zone.

Phytophthora-affected larch wood from forest sites or timber processing facilities/mills inside the management zone can only be sent outside the zone if it is to an approved facility (i.e. a facility that holds a valid Processing Licence issued by Scottish Forestry) and a record of that movement needs to be kept. Currently this must be in the form of a Movement Licence issued by Scottish Forestry.

Example larch products affected are:

  • larch round wood with or with bark attached;
  • larch sawn timber with waney edge;
  • any bark products (e.g. sawdust, mulch, chips) that contains larch bark;
  • any larch firewood that retains bark;
  • larch needles or branches which contain foliage; and
  • live larch plants of any size or age.

Scottish Forestry will continue to issue SPHN’s for infected Larch stands elsewhere.