London - European Elm City

London joins Europe-wide scheme to encourage elm planting

The London Tree Officers Association has teamed up with Hillier Nurseries of Hampshire for the European Elm City initiative to bring back Ulmus to London’s streets. The scheme encourages the planting of elms in major European cities. Hillier Nurseries is supplying Resista-Elms, which are bred for their resistance against Dutch elm disease and come with a 10-year guarantee from the growers. Resista-Elm ‘New Horizon’ has been selected for its compact, conical crown and resistance to stress from traffic, wind and frost. A minimum of 80 trees will be planted in each city and 10 London boroughs have signed up to plant elm trees in their areas, with more to come. Cardiff and Belfast have also shown interest. While it is unlikely that even a non-resistant elm under 10 years of age would become infected with the disease, a forestry representative said: “It would be great to see more of these trees planted in the UK. Resistant trees individually planted in parks and gardens are less likely to become infected than non-resistant trees planted in woodland.”

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