The Litchborough Elm Tree Project.
There are probably not many people today who remember elm trees in the English countryside following the devastation of Dutch Elm Disease in the 1970s which wiped out thousands of these beautiful trees that formed an important part of our landscape.
Those who do remember English elms miss the beauty and majesty of these wonderful trees that have been immortalised in the centuries-old works of landscape artists such as Constable. We have been told that there were many elms around Litchborough and the Gardening Club is very keen for the village once again to enjoy their presence.
A nursery in Essex has a small stock of trees that did not succumb to the disease and over the last three decades or so they have been propagating stock for sale. The Gardening Club has planted its first (hopefully) disease-resistant English Elm tree in the village and will be planting a second this autumn.