Warning signs alert Sussex park visitors to plant disease
Posted by Nicole Stevens
Warning signs have been installed at a park in Surrey to alert visitors to the presence of a plant disease.
The management of Tilgate Park erected the signage after an outbreak of sudden oak death was found following a visit by the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), thisissussex.co.uk reported.
Sudden oak death, or phytophthora ramorum, is not dangerous to people or animals and has only been found in three plants in the park.
"We want to reassure park visitors that they have nothing to worry about," park manager Alan Dixon told the news provider.
"Our park team has the situation under control and we want people to continue to enjoy their visits, with all facilities remaining open," he added.
The warning signs ask visitors to keep dogs to paths in order to reduce the risk of the fungus spreading.
According to the Forestry Commission, the pathogen is causing significant damage to plants and trees in the UK. Up until 2009, the disease did not affect many trees, but has been found in large numbers since.
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