Our Chairman, Peter Shallcross, admits that he 'spends too much time in bringing back Dutch elm disease-resistant elms into the landscape'. This coming Monday, 26 April at 7.30 pm he's giving a talk as one of the Cranborne Chase AONB's series.
'Peter is a passionate advocate for the elm tree. Find out about work going on that gives hope for their long term survival.
'Elm trees have been part of our landscape for thousands of years and their story is closely bound up with ours. Since Dutch Elm disease ravaged our population in the 1970s, much work has been going on identifying the remarkable survivors and breeding resistant elms.
'In this talk, Peter will introduce us to the complex and fascinating story of elms in our landscape and ultimately gives hope for the future.'
For details of all the talks in this series and how to book, go to http://cranbornechase.org.uk/events/
Meanwhile, from Evert Pellencroft, a Dutch contact of Ed Mayer of Swift Conservation, comes this fascinating tale from Amsterdam of the whole Dutch (inaccurately, it turns out) Elm disease saga which turns out maybe just to be another episode in the history of these splendid trees.
The pages now display photos of live moths taken by Andrew Graham. This one, the Puss Moth, looks very soft and cuddly.