Hillier to launch campaign to get disease-resistant elms into the countryside at Chelsea

A campaign to put elm trees that are resistant to Dutch Elm Disease back into the British countryside is being launched by Hillier Nurseries at the Chelsea Flower Show.

At Chelsea, a sapling of Ulmus 'New Horizon' will be presented by Hillier's Adam Dunnett to actress Dame Judi Dench to mark the start of the campaign.

The sapling will be planted at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in the autumn among a stand of the new disease-resistant elms.

Hillier hopes to see stands of elms nationwide in the future.

The three new plant introductions at Hillier's Chelsea garden are Weigela 'Picobella Rosa', Isoplexis isabelliana 'Bella' and Cordyline 'Pink Star'.

Meanwhile, Adam Dorber has replaced Richard Egerton, who has moved to B&Q, as Hillier horticulture buyer.


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