The Great British Elm Experiment

SWWAG have planted an elm tree at Sid's Piece supplied by the The Conservation Foundation who are attempting to unlock the mystery of why some trees survived Dutch elm disease which wiped out over 25 million elms in the UK.  Cuttings taken from mature trees from across the UK that appear to have resisted Dutch elm disease for over 60 years have been skillfully micro propagated.  The resulting native saplings are being distributed to hundreds of schools, community groups, local authorities and private landowners who have signed up to take part in The Great British Elm Experiment.  Our elm is a smooth-leaved elm (Ulmus minor) and came from Evenley in Northamptonshire. 

By Linda Grixti on March 12th, 2015