More elm trees are felled in Brighton due to Dutch elm disease

A DOZEN elm trees to be removed from school grounds after becoming infected with Dutch elm disease.

A thorough inspection of the trees near Downs View Life Skills College on Old London Road, Brighton, revealed the 12 trees could not be saved and that removal was the only way to stop the disease from spreading.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said containing the infection has become more difficult in recent years due to the proliferation of wood-burning stoves, increasing the risk of contaminated wood entering the city.

He said: “We ask residents not to buy wood for winter fuel if the supplier cannot guarantee that the wood is not elm, and not to bring elm wood into the city to use as garden ornaments, seating or anything else.” .”

The Argus: Signs posted around the site say the trees areSigns posted around the site say the trees are “lost forever” and urge the public to do whatever they can to stop the spread of the disease

Work to remove the trees from the Downs View Life Skills in Brighton’s Old London Road will take place on 1st and 2nd September to help stem the spread of the disease.

Councilwoman Elaine Hills, member of the City Council’s Environment, Transportation and Sustainability Committee, said: “It is very sad that we are losing more and more of our beloved trees to Dutch elm disease.

“Unfortunately our only option is to remove all 12 trees to stop the further spread of the infection.

“It is the third summer in a row that we are seeing very high levels of Dutch elm disease and it is devastating to see it having such an impact on the city again.

“Our arborists are all experts in protecting the Brighton and Hove elm trees and it is vital that we act as quickly as possible to stem the spread of infection.

“It is critical that we do everything we can to conserve the city’s tree population and reduce the impact on biodiversity from trees lost to disease. That is why we plant thousands of young trees in the city every year.”

Elm remains the dominant tree throughout the city with an estimated population of more than 17,000.

Anyone concerned about an elm tree in their area should contact the council at More elm trees are felled in Brighton due to Dutch elm disease

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