Dutch elm disease takes toll on Aberdeen's trees

"About 400" diseased and dying trees in Aberdeen, including many hit by Dutch elm disease, are to be felled this coming year, the city council has said.

Image: Graeme Churchard (CC BY 2.0)
Image: Graeme Churchard (CC BY 2.0)

The trees are mainly beside roads but some are in parks, gardens and play areas, with the council’s arboricultural service having noted about 50 dead elm trees around the city.

Communities, Housing and Infrastructure convener Councillor Neil Cooney said: "We do not want to cut down trees but unfortunately we must, especially where there is Dutch elm disease to try and stop it from spreading."

According to Forest Research, Dutch elm disease continues to push northwards in Scotland, particularly on the east coast north of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City Council has about 100,000 trees and 400 hectares of woodland.


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