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Dutch Elm Disease – We Need Your Help 28 June 2007

A warm spring has resulted in an increase in Dutch Elm Disease on the Island. The Isle of Man has a very valuable population of over ¼ million elm trees, which the Forestry, Amenity and Lands Division works hard to protect.

Following a particularly warm spring however, this year has witnessed an increase in the spread of Dutch Elm Disease due to the increased activity of the Elm Bark Beetle which thrives in warm weather and which is a major contributor to the spread of the disease.

Chairman of the Forestry Division, Brenda Cannell MHK said “The Forestry Division has had a very effective monitoring and disease control programme in place since 1992. When disease is identified, controlled felling and burning is undertaken immediately.

The total number of infected trees felled in 2006 was 32. This year, so far, 21 have already been found. We are therefore asking all land owners and members of the public to be particularly vigilant. Please keep an eye on any elm trees on your property, or whilst walking in the countryside, and report any wilting or yellowing of leaves or unseasonal dieback of elm trees to the Department so that further checks can be made.

This is vital if we want to maintain our healthy elm population, especially when so many areas of the British Isles have had their elms decimated.

The Department’s surveyors will continue to carry out inspections of elm trees throughout the summer months and the co-operation of land owners with this task is greatly appreciated.

If you suspect that any Elm Tree is infected by this disease please telephone the Forestry Division, Hope Road, St Johns on 801263 and we will send someone out to inspect the tree. We need your help to prevent further loss of these magnificent trees."

For further information please telephone Mrs Brenda Cannell MHK on 620410 or the Forestry Division on 801263.

Elm Bark Beetle
Elm Bark Beetle
Elm Tree showing signs of disease
Elm Tree showing signs of disease
Healthy Elm in Ramsey Parliament Street
Healthy Elm in Ramsey Parliament Street
Healthy Elm in Bride
Healthy Elm in Bride
Healthy Elm Leaves
Healthy Elm Leaves

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