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Century-old elms to be felled over decay

The Argus: Pair of elm trees Pair of elm trees

A pair of century-old elm trees will be felled as they are riddled with decay.

The grand trees in Preston Park have a severe case of decay in their lower trunks, caused by a common fungus.

Brighton and Hove City Council officials found the decay when they inspected the trees, which are close to the tennis court and bowling green.

Town hall bosses have confirmed the trees’ advanced state of decay is untreatable and they will be felled “within the month”.

Sue Sheppherd, of the Friends of Preston Park, said the trees were probably more than 120 years old.

She said: “It’s very sad news because they are nearing the end of their life and they’re great big elms.

“Like people, they are prone to disease as they get older and that’s what’s happened here.

“I know the council has been carefully monitoring them on a regular basis, including doing ultrasound tests to see what’s been going on inside them. But these two have become rotten on the inside.

“From a health and safety point of view, we don’t want to wait for another big gale where they come down on the road, so they decided to fell them.”

The two trees have been confirmed as Wheatley elms, known in Latin as Ulmus Minor Sarniensis, and will be replaced with two replica species grown in London’s Hyde Park.

But despite the loss Brighton and Hove still boasts one of the biggest elm collections in the country with around 19,000 trees – including more than 100 in Preston Park.

David Alderton, of the Preston Park and Fiveways Local Action Team of residents, said: “It’s a shame because the trees are a part of the historic fabric of the park.

“But the way Dutch elm disease was contained in Brighton and Hove, it means we have a unique population of elm trees, so any loss is worrying.

“Trees have a finite life span and problems do arise, unfortunately.”

A spokesman from Brighton and Hove City Council said: “Tests show the lower trunks of the trees are weak and in an unsafe condition.

“There is no treatment for this level of decay so the trees will be removed within the month.

“We are always sad to lose any mature tree. Removal will only be carried out when there is no alternative option.

“We monitor and care for the trees in our city, taking every effort to preserve their beauty for many years to come.”

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6:52am Thu 8 May 14

We love Red Billy says...

I blame the greens.
I blame the greens. We love Red Billy
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10:38am Thu 8 May 14

Zorniza says...

Irrepairable damage must take time to develop You need to ask the question why this decay was not discovered sooner. Currently inspection is every three years - should trees be inspected more often. It may be that the greens changed the inspection intervals in which case you can blame the greens. I would not put it past them to dream up such an 'economy'.
Irrepairable damage must take time to develop You need to ask the question why this decay was not discovered sooner. Currently inspection is every three years - should trees be inspected more often. It may be that the greens changed the inspection intervals in which case you can blame the greens. I would not put it past them to dream up such an 'economy'. Zorniza
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11:21am Thu 8 May 14

Pebbles says...

As these trees are a big part of Brighton and Preston Park I would like to see the uninfected parts made into useful objects and remain in the park. Much the same as was carried in in Hove Park after the storm in 87.
As these trees are a big part of Brighton and Preston Park I would like to see the uninfected parts made into useful objects and remain in the park. Much the same as was carried in in Hove Park after the storm in 87. Pebbles
  • Score: 11

3:31pm Thu 8 May 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I didn't know that trees had life spans!
I didn't know that trees had life spans! getThisCoalitionOut
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4:09pm Thu 8 May 14

fredflintstone1 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I didn't know that trees had life spans!
Amazing what you can learn reading the Argus!
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I didn't know that trees had life spans![/p][/quote]Amazing what you can learn reading the Argus! fredflintstone1
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8:11pm Thu 8 May 14

Can this be says...

Pebbles wrote:
As these trees are a big part of Brighton and Preston Park I would like to see the uninfected parts made into useful objects and remain in the park. Much the same as was carried in in Hove Park after the storm in 87.
These trees have not been infected by or lost due to Dutch Elm Disease, but we must continue to do all we can to protect our National Elm Collection which is the only one in the UK. If any elm timber - felled timber or logs - is in our town the bark must be removed so as not to provide any breeding sites for the beetles which spread the Dutch Elm Disease fungus. We must all continue to report any out-of-season leaf colouring on our elm trees throughout the town.
[quote][p][bold]Pebbles[/bold] wrote: As these trees are a big part of Brighton and Preston Park I would like to see the uninfected parts made into useful objects and remain in the park. Much the same as was carried in in Hove Park after the storm in 87.[/p][/quote]These trees have not been infected by or lost due to Dutch Elm Disease, but we must continue to do all we can to protect our National Elm Collection which is the only one in the UK. If any elm timber - felled timber or logs - is in our town the bark must be removed so as not to provide any breeding sites for the beetles which spread the Dutch Elm Disease fungus. We must all continue to report any out-of-season leaf colouring on our elm trees throughout the town. Can this be
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10:25pm Thu 8 May 14

derekhunt says...

So, a load of old dead wood is being cleared out of Brighton............
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So, a load of old dead wood is being cleared out of Brighton............ ........ derekhunt
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11:09pm Thu 8 May 14

SableMable2 says...

Zorniza wrote:
Irrepairable damage must take time to develop You need to ask the question why this decay was not discovered sooner. Currently inspection is every three years - should trees be inspected more often. It may be that the greens changed the inspection intervals in which case you can blame the greens. I would not put it past them to dream up such an 'economy'.
The decay was discovered sooner ...read the article again slowly without misjudgment, stop trying to gain political points. The council could have felleduthere's when first discovered but monitored the rot until it became unsafe. you do any Arborocultural knowledge therefore do not understand that that even if you inspected these trees hourly it wouldn't stop the damage or prolong the life span
[quote][p][bold]Zorniza[/bold] wrote: Irrepairable damage must take time to develop You need to ask the question why this decay was not discovered sooner. Currently inspection is every three years - should trees be inspected more often. It may be that the greens changed the inspection intervals in which case you can blame the greens. I would not put it past them to dream up such an 'economy'.[/p][/quote]The decay was discovered sooner ...read the article again slowly without misjudgment, stop trying to gain political points. The council could have felleduthere's when first discovered but monitored the rot until it became unsafe. you do any Arborocultural knowledge therefore do not understand that that even if you inspected these trees hourly it wouldn't stop the damage or prolong the life span SableMable2
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11:26pm Thu 8 May 14

Mr chock says...

fredflintstone1 wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I didn't know that trees had life spans!
Amazing what you can learn reading the Argus!
so this is a few massive trees being felled " when you ask the council about Dutch elm treatment " the clear reply is a boastful one they have an active inspector and the largest collection of Dutch elms in Britain , When i questioned them on the current course of prevention of the Fungus causing more Elms to become infected they say the anti fungal treatments can "can "cause more harm than prevent the tree becoming infected " injecting blose the bark off the tree causing stress and slow death .BUT when asked about the cost i got the clear reply its all in the parks and gardens budget ... so expect more and more to become infected by a fungus that could COULD well be prevented by anti fungal treatments
[quote][p][bold]fredflintstone1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I didn't know that trees had life spans![/p][/quote]Amazing what you can learn reading the Argus![/p][/quote]so this is a few massive trees being felled " when you ask the council about Dutch elm treatment " the clear reply is a boastful one they have an active inspector and the largest collection of Dutch elms in Britain , When i questioned them on the current course of prevention of the Fungus causing more Elms to become infected they say the anti fungal treatments can "can "cause more harm than prevent the tree becoming infected " injecting blose the bark off the tree causing stress and slow death .BUT when asked about the cost i got the clear reply its all in the parks and gardens budget ... so expect more and more to become infected by a fungus that could COULD well be prevented by anti fungal treatments Mr chock
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