25 February 2022

London Comes Together to Plant Elms4London

The week beginning 21 February marks the start of the Elm tree planting week in almost every borough of the capital, including the City of London.

The Chelsea Royal Hospital, The Royal Parks, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Her Majesty The Queen’s Head Gardener and multiple friends and community groups will all be planting carefully selected trees at key sites throughout the week.

idverde, alongside TreeWork Environmental Practice, worked closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation over recent months to establish a number of planting locations within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP). Additionally, idverde assisted with the selection of species in accordance with the soil structures around the park to ensure the trees thrive for years to come.

Mark Lane, Her Majesty The Queen’s Head Gardener, who chairs the group behind this campaign, says:

Elms4London Planting Week
"This is the culmination of an intensely worthwhile campaign to plant more disease-resistant elm trees across London. So many of these majestic trees have been lost from the London landscape and we now have the opportunity to bring more of these important landmarks back to the city. Elm trees have great beauty and presence in their own right as well as providing a huge benefit for the diversity of wildlife that is dependent on them and for the people of London as well."

The Elms for London Project is a project supported by the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association. This year the aim is to plant an Elm tree in every London Borough including the City of London and celebrate planting of trees throughout the capital. Elm Planting Week kick starts the project, with disease resistant trees being supplied to a variety of organisations to plant in public places.

More information can be found on the Elms for London Website: www.elms4london.org.uk

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