School secures disease-resistant elms from Hillier

Hillier Nurseries has helped to re-establish elm trees in the UK by supplying a £24m landscape project at a newly built school.

Forty of the disease-resistant variety Ulmus ‘New Horizon' were used in the grounds of the Oasis Academy in Enfield.
The new school and grounds which opened last week also feature wildlife areas, cycle ways and an outdoor stage.
Landscape architect in charge of the project Jeremy Parker, from Birmingham-based firm Fira, said: "The Oasis Learning Trust is interested in an environmental ethos, and it will be part of their curriculum. They liked the concept of bringing the elm back into the country after their decline."
The school garden was built on a brownfield site, which used to be a sewage works.
Parker said: "We had to retain existing features, including hillocks which are habitats for grass snakes."
Ulmus ‘New Horizon' is exclusively available from Hillier Nurseries. It was bred by Professor Smalley of Wisconsin University by crossing Ulmus japonica with Ulmus pumila and inoculating the result with Dutch Elm disease. Trees are micro chipped to prove they are the disease resistant variety.

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