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Ystranc

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Unfortunately a lot of larch are suffering from a fungal disease that has spread rapidly northward throughout the UK, many plantations have had to be felled en mass. If they're left as standing dead then they really would be a fire hazard because larch burns hot and fast. Having died of a fungal infection the timber has little or no value as much of its strength has been lost so most of it is being chipped for feeding biomass boilers. šŸ˜•
 

Joecole

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fwiw Larch is a magnificent tree. lovely wood, makes excellent furniture and firewood, smells The Best, quite hardy, grows to a good height and offers a good bit of shade. although it looks like a conifer it looses its needles over the winter (see photos). one of my favourite native UK trees.

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I agree a large stand of larch is a beautiful sight in Autumn with the sun just coming through a light mist
 

teef

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Unfortunately a lot of larch are suffering from a fungal disease that has spread rapidly northward throughout the UK ...
well that sucks. i usually only see isolated larch trees in my area, only one area (planted obviously) with a fair number spread over a small area.
i'll have to look into that disease problem, see if i can tell whether the local trees have it.

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found some good information here: Ramorum disease (Phytophthora ramorum) - Forest Research
unfortunately i think i have seen some local larch with the issues described there. :(
 
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