Survey indentfies 'Sudden Oak Death' disease in Killarney National Park

The public is being asked not to remove any vegetation from Killarney National Park to prevent a further spread of the disease known as ‘Sudden Oak Death’. The aggressive plant disease which has the potential to devastate Ireland`s oldest remaining oak woods has struck a number of rhododendron bushes in the National Park. Surveys so far have identified 25 infected rhododendron ponticum bushes and park staff are cutting out affected areas. Warning signs have been erected at park entrances in Killarney over the weekend.