Brighton in elm threat

Brighton and Hove Council has felled 14 elms that were hit by Dutch elm disease.

Image: Morguefile
Image: Morguefile
Arboricultural officers identified the source of the disease as a pile of logs on private land at that had become a breeding ground for the elm beetles. Brighton is one of the few remaining places in the UK that has avoided loising all its mature elms to the disease.

A Brighton and Hove City council spokesman said: "Our tree experts are dealing with this outbreak as a matter of urgency.

"Brighton and Hove is host to the National Elm Collection, partly because of its excellent track record in elm preservation.

"Whenever residents have work carried out on elm trees it is vital that the material is deposed of correctly by competent tree surgeons or gardeners.

"When purchasing fire wood residents should always check with the supplier that it contains no elm wood."

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