Ulmus 'Sapporo Autumn Gold' survivors sought in 30-year elm disease campaign Elms Across Europe

A nationwide search is underway to find how many disease-resistant elm trees planted 30 years ago have survived.

The Elms Across Europe campaign — launched by technology company Pitney Bowes in 1979 — supplied hybrid Ulmus 'Sapporo Autumn Gold' to schools, parks and gardens throughout the UK and Europe.

The campaign aimed to help replace some of the millions of elms lost as a result of Dutch elm disease.

 The UK's first U. 'Sapporo Autumn Gold' elms, planted at Pitney Bowes' Harlow headquarters in 1979, still survive and  charity the Conservation Foundation is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first plantings by researching healthy 'Sapporo Autumn Gold' elms still growing.

Anyone with a 'Sapporo Autumn Gold' can send details to elms@conservationfoundation.co.uk.

As part of the 30th anniversary celebration, schools and gardens can take part in The Great British Elm Experiment, a new national elm-planting campaign. This time it will use young trees propagated from mature, healthy, native elms which the Conservation Foundation has discovered still growing in the English countryside. The schools project will be linked to a tree propagation programme in India, run by the Berkeley Reafforestation Trust.


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