Elm trees under threat from a deadly disease

An elm suffering from the disease

An elm suffering from the disease

First published in News

A elm tree in Brighton has succumbed to a deadly disease.

The tree in Queens Park has contracted the deadly Dutch Elm virus and will be felled once nesting birds have left its branches.

The virus caused five elms in the Brighton and Hove area to be felled last year.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “This doesn’t indicate the city’s main elm collection is in any danger.

He said the council expects to lose 30 elms to the disease each year and “where possible these are replaced. Each year we plant around 300 trees and roughly half of these are elm species.”

Brighton has previously been recognised as having the largest collection of elm species and varieties in Britain. Plant Heritage awarded Brighton and Hove the status holder of the national elm collection in 1998.

The disease is caused by elm bark beetles which carry a fungus causing early death in elm trees.

Dutch elm disease wiped out 25 million elms across the UK in the 20th century.

The council spokesman added: “We would ask residents to be vigilant and report any yellowing patches or wilting areas on elm trees to 01273 292929 or Arboriculture@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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4:52pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Roundbill says...

And this article, written by ten-year-old Philippa Carson from Hanover, wins a five pound book token. Jolly well done, Philippa!
And this article, written by ten-year-old Philippa Carson from Hanover, wins a five pound book token. Jolly well done, Philippa! Roundbill
  • Score: 6

5:45pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Man of steel says...

I really do despair of the education system in this country, if only they could go back to the system of teaching children the three "Rs" and less about how to play games on Ipads, things would be better.
I always used to think that you had to be fairly well educated to be a journalist, obviously not any longer.
To the writer of this article, well done dear, you managed to get a capital letter at the beginning of every very short paragraph.
However, you do not precede a noun beginning with a vowel, i.e. "elm" with the indefinite article "a", it has to be "an".
C minus. Lose 5HPs
I really do despair of the education system in this country, if only they could go back to the system of teaching children the three "Rs" and less about how to play games on Ipads, things would be better. I always used to think that you had to be fairly well educated to be a journalist, obviously not any longer. To the writer of this article, well done dear, you managed to get a capital letter at the beginning of every very short paragraph. However, you do not precede a noun beginning with a vowel, i.e. "elm" with the indefinite article "a", it has to be "an". C minus. Lose 5HPs Man of steel
  • Score: 8

9:49pm Thu 3 Jul 14

notaconspiracy says...

OMG! A new disease! LOL!
OMG! A new disease! LOL! notaconspiracy
  • Score: -4

10:19pm Thu 3 Jul 14

SableMable2 says...

Whilst I understand the concern with the writing of this piece ..I find the subject sad, worse still not one mention of how hard and how long Brighton tree section have fought Elm disease. The article reads as if Brighton previously held the National Collection, well dear journalist it still does.
Whilst I understand the concern with the writing of this piece ..I find the subject sad, worse still not one mention of how hard and how long Brighton tree section have fought Elm disease. The article reads as if Brighton previously held the National Collection, well dear journalist it still does. SableMable2
  • Score: 7

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