Leicestershire Elm Project plants 'disease resistant' trees


Young elm trees which are thought to be resistant to Dutch Elm disease are being planted across Leicestershire.

The Leicestershire Elm Project has established 60 of the trees in the county's schools and The National Forest.

Nick Fell, from Leicestershire County Council, said: "We're also looking propagate from other isolated healthy trees, which have survived the disease through the 70s and 80s.

About 20 million healthy trees died across the country from Dutch Elm disease in the 1970s.

The elm used to be as prevalent in the landscape as the oak is currently.

Carol Rowentree Jones said The National Forest has been supporting the scheme to get the elm tree back into the English landscape.

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