Conservation Foundation in elm giveaway

The Conservation Foundation will be giving away the first of its specially grown Ulmus londinium London elm saplings on Sunday 11 November at The Garden Museum.

Londoners who live in Elm Park, Elm Close, Elm Bank Avenue and other ‘elm’ places will be collecting their Ulmus londinium elms.

The Foundation's Great British Elm Experiment uses cuttings taken from mature trees that appear to have resisted Dutch elm disease for over 60 years have been micro propagated. The resulting saplings are being distributed to hundreds of schools, community groups, local authorities and private landowners who have signed up to take part in the Great British Elm Experiment.

Conservation Foundation director David Shreeve said: "We want to interest a new generation in the elm, so much a feature of the British life and landscape for centuries and also to try and find out why some trees survived Dutch elm disease. So many have disappeared over recent years that we can only hope to replace some. But rather than just give up and forget the elm, we think it's worth a try."

Partners in the project include MicroPropation Services, Millhouse Nurseries, Alba Trees and Trees Direct.


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