Conservation Foundation offers Blue Peter native elms as part of Great British Elm Experiment

The Conservation Foundation has offered native elms to replace those delivered to the Blue Peter garden by founder David Bellamy in the 1980s.

As part of its Great British Elm Experiment — launched this year to promote elm-planting in schools and gardens — the Conservation Foundation has offered Blue Peter some young native elms.

The Great British Elm Experiment has been set up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a campiagn to replace elms lost through Dutch elm disease.

The Elms Across Europe campaign — launched by technology company Pitney Bowes in 1979 — supplied hybrid Ulmus 'Sapporo Autumn Gold' to schools, parks and gardens throughout the UK and Europe.

Conservation Foundation representative Lindsay Swan told HW the organisation had offered the native elms to Blue Peter to replace ones planted by Percy Thrower in the garden in the 1980s.

"We're very keen for the elm connection to continue," she said. "We haven't heard from Blue Peter yet but it's early days."

The Conservation Foundation is also calling on people to get in contact with sightings of the original 'Sapporo Autumn Gold' trees.

Anyone with a 'Sapporo Autumn Gold' can send details to


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