Council wants elm protection volunteers for East Sussex

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EAST Sussex County Council is looking for elm protection volunteers to walk their local patch every fortnight to look out for the health of elm trees.

The council will train and support volunteers and there will be plenty of opportunities to meet experienced elm protection volunteers to help learn the ropes.

East Sussex has the largest collection of elm trees in the UK.

The Dutch elm disease control area established in 1973 has helped to protect them.

The area extends from Eastbourne to Brighton, roughly south of the Lewes-Polegate railway to the sea.

In this area, and neighbouring Eastbourne and Brighton and Hove, all diseased trees must be felled and burned to reduce the spread of the disease.

Lead cabinet member for transport and environment councillor Matthew Lock said: “I am delighted that lots of residents have already been so interested in the Elm Protection Volunteer scheme, both novices and very experienced ‘eyes’.

“Do join us and help to protect this well-loved feature of our streets and landscape.”

If you live in or near the control area from Brighton to Eastbourne, and would like to consider being an elm protection volunteer, get in touch with James Newmarch at james.newmarch@eastsussex.gov.uk or 01273 481838, leaving your contact details.

For information about the Elm Protection Campaign see www.eastsussex.gov.uk/environment/woodlands/dutchelms