The Future of the elm tree

28 Jun 2022
ICF/ Kew/ Defra
RGB Kew London


How can we bring back the elm trees that once defined our landscape?

This is the subject of a major conference at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on 28 June 2022. Leading international experts from Spain, the USA, the Netherlands and Great Britain will be speaking, answering questions, and discussing the availability of Dutch elm disease resistance in elm trees.

Chaired by Sir Harry Studholme FICFor (Hon), the conference will look at what needs to be done to establish elm in the landscape, in addition to the use of elm in the urban environment. Building knowledge of disease resistance is critical in developing an effective response to the proliferation and devastation of tree diseases such as ash dieback. Developing the role of elm in the ecology of our countryside and cityscapes will be an important part of the biological response to climate change. 

The conference is supported by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Defra, with sponsorship from Hillier Nurseries, Strutt & Parker, and the William Robinson Gravetye Charity. The conference is being organised and hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters