Elms return to Bournemouth

Two disease-resistant Ulmus 'New Horizon' were planted at Queens Park Golf Course by the parks operations team of Bournemouth Borough Council.

The council aims to kickstart an elm re-introduction programme for parks and gardens in Bournemouth.

Elm trees are vulnerable to fungal Dutch elm disease. A major epidemic in the 1960s and 1970s killed between 25 million and 30 million elms in Britain.

Assistant arboricultural officer for Bournemouth Borough Council Trevor Maynard spoke of his delight that the new variety has been introduced. He said: "Hopefully this will be the start of many more elm trees being planted in Bournemouth."

- Dorset-based Knoll Gardens recently shipped in more than 1,500 young elm trees as part of the nursery's campaign to restore the elm across the British Isles.

Knoll is the sole importer of disease-tolerant Ulmus americana 'Princeton', which can be ordered from www.knollgardens.co.uk. More than 60 of the elms are to be planted at Highgrove House.

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