posted on Aug, 22 2010 @ 03:50 AM
The British Elm once covered large areas of the British landscape... You only have to look at works of art, from the likes of Turner, to see these
trees in their magnificence. There is even an area in north London called "Seven Sisters" which was named this because of the seven Elms which were
planted there in a circle. (sorry Spurs fan here
During the late 1960's logs imported from Canada brought with them a fungal disease that quickly spread through the British forests. Spread by the
bite of the Elm Bark beetle, the leaves first yellow and then the tree starts to die back. As part of an initiative to prevent the complete
extinction, of the British Elm, a mass felling of millions of trees in infected areas was initiated.
This felling transformed the landscape. However, the disease was brought under control and, through continued forest management, outbreaks have been
kept to a minimum.
However, the disease now seems to be back (Although it never truly went away but was actually controlled very well... but it is now flaring up mainly
due to cutbacks and a change in policy regarding tree management responsibility) and presents a massive threat to our remaining Elms.
Unfortunately we do not seem to have the same willingness to deal with this issue as what existed in the 70's. In a time of economic woe does the
government really want to spend millions on what some will view as "just a few trees”?
A sad reflection of society’s detachment from the natural world. In my humble opinion these remaining British trees are just as important as St Paul
Cathedral or Tower Bridge... They are a living testimony to British history and are an important part of our heritage.
They are also living breathing organisms that have been placed under threat (indirectly) by the actions of humans. We have a moral and cultural
obligation to save these trees.
My hope is that the Government, local authorities and the forestry commission can put politics aside and solve this problem!!
Sadly, i doubt it.
[edit on 22-8-2010 by Muckster]