Monday, 12 April 2021

LAST BASTION FOR ELM TREES

 As I sat sewing and finishing the last three pages of my Fabric Journal this morning I was accompanied by the sound of a tree being chopped down.     Over in the next street another of our precious Elm trees had been infected by the disease 'Dutch Elm' and had to be taken down.


This disease was bought into the country from Canada in the 60's and has ravaged our Elms since then.

Where I live in the South East of uk it is the last strong hold of these beautiful trees and this year  I have witnessed so many being cut down.

We've managed to somehow keep them going for the last years but it would seem that the disease is winning.

    I'll be glad when they've finished as it's making me sad to hear that noise knowing that that tree has been here for so many years, possible over 100 years.

        If you'd like to know more there's a good video here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR11rRbaDws

14 comments:

  1. Such a shame to see so many beautiful trees ravaged with disease and chopped down.

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  2. we have the same problem here, but it was our grapefruit trees. it has ravaged them. we lost ours 2 years ago and the neighbors came next. lost the beauty of the tree, the shade and the fruit.... sad to hear this about your beautiful elms

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  3. I'm with you, losing any tree is so sad, I do hope they have new trees to replace them.

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  4. It's so sad that we have lost so many of these trees, what a pity that they can't find a cure.

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  5. Funny thing coincidence, Briony - in another blog I read just today he recorded that he had planted four elm trees of a variety bred to be resistant to Dutch Elm disease. The NZ town of Oamaru close to where I grew up had a double row of elms down the middle of the main street. Dutch Elm disease put paid to them and although they were replaced with something else, 40 years later the town still does not have the magnificent main street it used to enjoy.

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  6. What a shame. I hope they quickly replant some other trees.

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    1. They seem to be replacing them with Rowan and Silver Birch, quite pretty but not the same a an Elm.
      Briony
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  7. Awwwww... how sad. I've heard of Elm Disease. We have a disease in our area that is affecting pine trees. I've had a little pine I've been nursing along since I got it for free, as a tiny sapling, from a local restaurant on Arbor Day years and years ago. It started getting affected by the pine disease last year and now this year I'm afraid it's a goner. Makes my heart really sad as that little tree and I have been good friends for so long. May the elm tree in your area rest in peace. ~Andrea xoxo

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  8. I just hate seeing a big tree being cut down. We have had the same problem here with this disease.

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  9. It's a crying shame to see such a beautiful tree succumb to this awful disease. Are there any plan to replace it with a different tree?

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  10. Always sad to see a tree being cut down. We saw some oaks being cut down yesterday and still have to find out why.

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  11. That's a shame. I hate seeing trees having to be cut down.

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  12. I walk down avenues near the sea front and they've all lost a number of trees. It's such a shame.

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