Linda McCartney memorial wood destroyed by disease

Linda McCartney memorial wood destroyed by diseaseGetty


The wood planted by Paul McCartney in memorial of his wife Linda has been destroyed by sudden oak death disease.

The Telegraph reports that Linda's wood borders the 100-acre nature sanctuary St John's Wood, which the couple bought in Somerset in 1990.

Hundreds of trees were planted after Linda died of breast cancer in 1998 at the age of 56. Species included larch trees and the North American Maple, which was her favourite.

Now all the larch trees have had to be felled because of the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, or sudden oak death, which has jumped species and is now infecting other trees including larch and the Douglas Fir.

The wood, which borders Exmoor National Park, is managed by the League Against Cruel Sports as part of its deer sanctuary.

Joe Duckworth from the League Against Cruel Sports said: "Some of them were diseased and it was decided that the larch would be chopped down as a preventative measure. Lots of larch in the area are being chopped down."

Unfortunately, the wood has also been targeted by a number of vandals.

In an early incident, a wooden plaque listing the names of everyone involved in planting the trees had to be removed as it was vandalised.

In 2000, a quad bike as driven through the wood, flattening 40 newly planted trees.

Then in 2003, vandals took a chainsaw to the gates and fencing, causing significant damage.

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Fancy an idyllic escape without having to travel too far? Four star hotel the runnymede-on-thames is offering families a huge saving of 35 per cent on mid-weeks stays throughout Easter. Set on the banks of the River Thames near historic Windsor, the hotel offers a whole host of family activities, like teen spa treatments, riverboat hire and plenty of board games to keep the kids entertained until bedtime. The Easter prices start from £262.50 per night instead of £409.50 for a family of four sharing a deluxe double room with an interconnecting twin room including breakfast for stays between 2 and 15 April 2012. Visit runnymedehotel.com

Head to exotic Marrakech this Easter for a three-night stay at Riad Farnatchi and a tour of the city. You'll be driven in a 4x4 to the village of Imlil in the High Atlas and an English speaking guide will take you on a three-hour walk explaining everything about the local culture and history. There'll be a stop at a small house in a tiny Berber village for lunch before a walk back through the beautiful Ouirgan valley and Asni or going off track to see some more mountain villages. Riad Farnatchi's three-night break in Marrakech costs £608 per person including 10 per cent off your stay in a Superior Suite, airport transfers, evening canapés, a day trip to the Atlas Mountains and a half-day tour of Marrakech, plus dinner at the riad. Visit riadfarnatchi.com

Hit the slopes for less with Inghams at the French resort of Alpe d'Huez, which offers skiing for all abilities. You'll stay at the four-star Chalet Pregentil for seven nights from £499 per person instead of £679, saving you £180 per person. This includes breakfast, afternoon tea or coffee and four-course dinners. The rustic-style chalet is located in the resort centre and the skiing here is fabulous, with a wide range of red and blue runs and one of the longest black runs in the world! The price includes a seven-night stay, return flights from Gatwick and transfers for a trip departing on 24 March. Visit inghams.co.uk

Holiday at home at this Easter and experience the glorious countryside in Devon from £215 per person. Rural Retreats is offering a three-night stay at the magnificent Tawstock Castle from £1,715.30 based on eight people sharing, with a saving of £212.70. The Grade II listed bailey castle dates back to the 18th century and is set on a rounded hill top with fantastic panoramic views of Devon. The castle is located close to the Devonshire market town of Barnstaple and is surrounded by an acre of gardens that are enclosed by a bailey. Visit ruralretreats.co.uk

Take the kids to Wales this Easter where the whole family can enjoy exciting activities with the Golden Egg 3 for 2 Escape at Celtic Manor in Gwent. A chocolate-themed extravaganza will take place and two lucky families will find a golden goose egg, winning them an upgrade at the resort. The Golden Egg 3 for 2 Escape starts from £110 per person per night with a third night free, available between 6 and 9 April. Visit celtic-manor.com

Head to the Indian Ocean and enjoy a seven-night half board stay at colonial-style hotel The Residence from £5,950 for a family of four. You'll also receive one free night, a 10 per cent early booking discount, free VIP cards entitling you to a bottle of Champagne on arrival, daily lunch, canapés delivered to your room each evening, 10 per cent off all drinks, up to 30 per cent off spa treatments and 10 per cent off babysitting. The price includes a stay in two Colonial Garden View Rooms, flights and private transfers. Visit turquoiseholidays.co.uk

Explore the lively city of Dubrovnik while staying at the five-star Dubrovnik Sun Gardens on Croatia's Dalmatian coast. The resort has its own private beach, three pools and a collection of bars and restaurants. This spring it's offering a special Easter package including a stay in a luxurious one-bedroom garden view residence for up to three guests for 140 euros per night, free access to the resort's Spa by OCCO with reduced treatment prices and free entry to the Sports Centre with a 50 per cent discount on facilities and equipment usage. Visit dubrovniksungardens.com

Discover the Italian region of Puglia on a five-night break at the chic Borgo San Marco. The 15th century masseria is set among 90 hectares of carob trees and vineyards and is located just a mile away from the sea. Feast on local dishes in the restaurant, relax in the large outdoor swimming pool and take in the fabulous rural setting in the bougainvillea-filled gardens. Real Holidays' five-night break in Puglia costs £699 (saving you £175) including flights from Stansted, car hire and bed and breakfast for a 5 April departure. Visit realholidays.co.uk

Escape to the Greek Island of Rhodes and get 33 per cent off your holiday with Bargain Holidays Online via Travelzoo. For just £344 per person you'll stay in the luxury five-star Mitsis Rodos Village Hotel on an all-inclusive basis for seven nights. The deal includes return flights from London Stansted, plus activities at the resort, like tennis, beach soccer and volleyball. Departures are between 2 and 4 April. Book by 25 March. Visit travelzoo.co.uk

Looking for the perfect beach getaway? DialAFlight is offering a four-star seven-night break in Barbados from just £1,059. You'll stay at the Tamarind Cove by Elegant Hotels, which is set on an idyllic white-sand beach. The resort has four restaurants for you to dine in, a fabulous spa, gym and three swimming pools. The price includes a stay in a garden view room and flights from Gatwick for departures between 18 April and 27 June. Book by 10 April. Visit dialaflight.com

The Spanish island of Mallorca is a great place to visit at this time of year with lots of sunshine, quiet beaches and beautiful countryside. Mallorca Farmhouses is giving you the perfect excuse to treat the kids (and adults!) to a week in a villa over the Easter holidays with its 20 per cent discount on accommodation. A week at the pretty three-bedroom cottage Agusti in Pollenca with a private pool starts from £484 for a stay commencing on 31 March or 7 April including maid service - that's just £80 per person based on six people sharing. Agusti has free internet access, a built-in BBQ station and a huge lawn for the kids to play on. Visit mallorca.co.uk

Always fancied a trip to Italy's magical Lake Garda? Now is the perfect time to go as I Spy Camping is offering a holiday home that sleeps six people from £284 for seven nights over Easter, saving you £47. The holiday home is located at the Bella Italia campsite where there is a huge pool complex, windsurfing and canoeing on Lake Garda, plus the pretty town of Peschiera to explore nearby. Visit ispycamping.com

Take in the cosmopolitan city of Toronto with Virgin Holidays where you'll pay £665 per person for three nights including flights, a stay at the Delta Chelsea and transfers with a saving of £265. Prices are based on 5 to 19 April departures. Some of the top attractions to include in your short break are the CN Tower, Casa Loma and the Royal Ontario Museum. Visit virginholidays.co.uk

Treat the kids to the ultimate Easter break in Orlando, Florida, where they can visit Universal Studios, SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World. Expedia is making the trip just as fun for the adults by offering you a huge 45 per cent off your hotel stay this spring. A stay at the America's Best Inn and Suites for seven nights costs just £702 per person and includes return flights from London Heathrow departing on 6 April. The hotel is 30 miles from the airport and SeaWorld Orlando, and just one mile from the Sandlando Park and Altamonte Shopping Mall. Visit expedia.co.uk 

Looking for a great city to discover this spring? Visit the Swedish capital of Stockholm on a bargain break with British Airways. The Vasa Museum, the historic Old Town and the Royal Palace are just a few of the amazing sites for you can explore on a cultural holiday in the city. British Airways is offering three nights at the five-star Nobis Hotel from £369 per person based on two people sharing. The price includes return flights from Heathrow and departures are on 5 or 6 April. Visit ba.com/stockholm

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