The elm makes a comeback!

With almost all large specimens of elm having been lost to Dutch Elm Disease, a new specimen, highly resistant to the disease, has been planted on Harpenden Common.

The gift of Rotary in Harpenden, the new tree stands close to the footpath linking Rothamsted Park with the southern end of the High Street.

The Lobel elm (ulmus Lobel), growing 1-2 feet a year, is expected to reach an ultimate height of 72 feet. Across its lifespan, it will absorb up to 7,000 kg of CO2 from the atmosphere, placing it in the top category of carbon efficiency. It also provides a habitat for species reliant on elms.

Rotary in Harpenden President Hugh Lawrence, pictured with the tree, said:

“Rotary in Harpenden is already known for staging the annual Classics on the Common and Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes, as well as running several activities for the benefit of young people.

“The donation of the elm tree is an example of our intention to improve the living environment in Harpenden and, wherever we can, in surrounding villages.”


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