We have just purchased and planted an elm sapling cultivated
from one of about 20 elm trees still alive and healthy in the
UK which have stubbornly and magnificently resisted dutch elm
disease for the past 50 years. It cost us just £19.50 plus p&p
which we think is a very worthwhile investment in the future.
The sapling arrived well packaged and in a pot from Great
British Elm Experiment and has been planted out in the
meadow at the bottom of our garden with some protection
from the wind to help it get established. We have registered it on
Foundation website where the location of all the young
trees that have been planted in the UK can be seen. They will
ask us to periodically monitor its progress and report back to
Over 2,000 young elms have so far been planted in many parts of
the UK as part of the experiment. There is no guarantee they will
resist dutch elm disease. However if they do how fantastic it
will be to have been involved in beginning to re-populate the
UK with this wonderful tree. The elm was once a much loved
part of the countryside scene here in Mid Devon and was an
invaluable wildlife resource.
Perhaps other Sustainable Crediton supporters who have some
space might like to join us in this venture so we could
see a population of elms growing healthily in mid Devon once more
during our life times and leave a natural legacy for our children
and grandchildren to enjoy.