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Expert backs attempts to save Brighton elm tree
9:40am Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
A tree expert has added his support to a campaign to save a historic elm.
Brighton and Hove City Council halted its plans to chop down the tree in Vernon Terrace on Friday, March 8.
The proposal was part of plans to revamp the Seven Dials junction.
As campaigners draw up ways in which the tree can be saved, one of the country’s top tree experts, Tony Kirkham, has said he supports their efforts.
Mr Kirkham, who is head of the arboretum at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and star of the TV series The Trees That Made Britain, said it was a rare specimen of a Wheatley elm.
Mr Kirkham said: “All these elms were lost to Dutch elm disease except for a few isolated specimens around Brighton, so this specimen – which is a good example and a beautiful tree – should be preserved.”
“The roadway at Seven Dials looks barren and removing this tree will make it a desert.”
A public meeting to collect ideas was held on Tuesday night (March 12).
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