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Diseased trees are causing road closures across Aberdeen

Thursday October 12th 2017 at 1:53 PM

A number of roads in Aberdeen are to be closed as workers deal with hundreds of diseased trees.

Pic: K&S Treecare carrying out a tree felling job for the city council.

The city council has already felled 60 trees infected with Dutch Elm disease – while around 350 remain, initial estimates were there were only 50 infected across the city.

The roads about to be closed include Willowbank Road, Westburn Drive, Rosehill Drive, Hilton Street and Stronsay Road – which all have about 10 dying trees in them.

The areas that are particularly affected are Kincorth, Summerhill, Rosehill, Cults, Culter, Stoneywood and Bridge of Don.

Aberdeen City Council Communities, Housing and Infrastructure convener Councillor Yvonne Allan said: “Our arboricultural team has made excellent progress at felling the dying elm trees as we must do what we can to try and stop the disease from spreading.

“We don’t want to cut down trees but unfortunately we must as the work not only helps to prevent the spread of the disease, but it also means there’s more room for the healthy trees to grow..

“Our priority is to have safe and healthy trees for residents and visitors to enjoy in all parts of the city as part of our beautiful and vibrant green spaces.”

Dutch elm disease has killed over 60 million British elms in two epidemics and is one of the worlds most serious diseases. 

The epidemics were caused by two different types of fungus, called Ophiostoma ulmi and O.novo-ulmi. The second one is more aggressive and was accidentally brought into Britain in the 1960s.

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