HOW can we bring back the elm trees that once defined our landscape?

This is the subject of a major conference to be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on 28 June. Leading international experts from Spain, the USA, the Netherlands and Britain will be speaking, answering questions, and discussing the availability of Dutch-elm-disease-resistant elms.

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The conference will look at what needs to be done to establish elms in the landscape, in addition to the use of elms in the urban environment. Building knowledge of disease resistance is critical in developing an effective response to the proliferation and devastation of tree diseases such as ash dieback. Developing the role of elms in the ecology of our countryside and cityscapes will be an important part of the biological response to climate change.

The conference is supported by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and DEFRA, with sponsorship from Hillier Nurseries, Strutt & Parker, and Gravetye Charitable Trust. The conference is being organised and hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

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The Future of the Elm Tree: Restoring Elm to the Landscape will be a hybrid event, taking place both in-person at Kew and online.

Tickets are available through the Institute of Chartered Forester’s website