Conservation Foundation to host Brighton elm seminar

On 12 June, The Conservation Foundation is holding a seminar, the protection and legacy of our elm heritage, in Preston Park Bowls Pavilion, Brighton.


The seminar is part of the Foundation's Ulmus Maritime project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Speakers from the UK, Isle of Man and the Netherlands will discuss the importance of the elm, control measures for Dutch Elm Disease, and research into resistant varieties. Around 50 tree professionals will attend. The seminar has support from Hillier Nurseries, suppliers of the New Horizon elm.


Until 22 June, an exhibition of the elm tree’s special place in the life of the Sussex Coast, its built environment, crafts and biodiversity is taking place at St Peter’s Church, Preston Park. Admission is free and the exhibition, created by Tom Stables and Rebecca Lucraft, is open daily from 10.30am to 3.30pm.


Speakers are: David Shreeve, The Conservation Foundation East Sussex DED control programme

Anthony Becvar, East Sussex County Council The Elms of Brighton & Hove

Peter Bourne Elms on the Isle of Man: an island response to Dutch Elm Disease

Philippa Tomlinson, Isle of Man Department of the Environment, Food and Agriculture Amsterdam city of elms

Debora Bleeker, City of Amsterdam Protecting Elms in the Netherlands

Ron Shraven, BTL Bomendienst.

Followed by a demonstration of the "DutchTrig" application. 

Butterfly Conservation's elm cultivar trials, progress report, Andrew Brooks, University of Portsmouth

Elms on the Isle of Man: recent survey and DNA study, Dr Peter Davey, Centre for Manx Studies

University of Liverpool Resistance trials by Mr Hiemstra

Issues related to propagation, Ronnie Nijboer, Noordplant

Resistant elms – the latest generation, David Herling, European White Elm replanting programme

Gordon Mackenthun Locating outstanding individual elms in Britain

Owen Johnson, The Tree Register

Discussion: Future research – an opportunity for citizen science? Chaired by David Shreeve, The Conservation Foundation

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